Arizona is seeking financial support from the public in order to fund efforts to construct a fence along the Mexican border, reports the Associated Press.
The state recently launched a website to collect donations to pay for the border fence, a project similar to the donation drive started to defend the state’s immigration enforcement law in 2010. The law passed, and the state raised $3.8 million in financial support of the measure.
Organizers of the donations hope to raise $50 million initially, and the allocation of the funds will soon be decided by an advisory committee of legislators, agency directors and local law enforcement.
State Senator Steve Smith, who sponsored legislation that authorized building the border fence, believe that the federal government has not done enough to protect Arizona and the rest of the country from border crossings by illegal immigrants, drug smugglers and terrorists.
In April 2010, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed illegal immigration legislation into law. At the time, it was the country’s toughest bill regarding the issue. Since then, many states, including Indiana and Alabama, have passed similar laws.