Arizona Republicans Introduce Bill to Allow Border Wall Construction

The Arizona-Mexico border fence near Naco, Arizona, March 29, 2013. Picture taken March 29, 2013. REUTERS/Samantha Sais (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY IMMIGRATION) - RTXYV2P

Arizona’s Republican-led State House last week introduced a bill that would allow private landowners to build portions of border wall on their property without government interference, in a nod to We Build The Wall.

“I will be introducing legislation next session to make sure that @WeBuildtheWall can erect border walls on private property in AZ without impediment from state or local government. Their organization is making a real difference with the border crisis! All with private donations!” Republican House Majority Leader Warren Petersen said on Twitter in June.

Peterson and 11 of his Republican colleagues made good on that promise, introducing the bill on Jan 2.

We Build The Wall is a non-profit that crowdfunded millions to build portions of border wall on private land. The question of property rights is at issue: fundamentally, shouldn’t landowners be able to do with their property as they please?

We Build The Wall has run into federal government roadblocks at its second job site on private land in Mission, TX, where the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBCW) is making it jump through hoops in order to obtain permission to build. The IBCW is a half-American, half-Mexican run government agency that studies the environmental impact of building in the Rio Grande Valley. It is holding up We Build The Wall’s current project with a federal lawsuit. (Related: Judge Spots Issues in Environmental Group’s Case Against Private Border Wall)

Famed Arizona border sheriff Joe Arpaio weighed in on what he sees as a critical situation at the border in a phone conversation with The Rundown News.

He said that if landowners want to donate their property to build a wall, they should be allowed to do that.

“The wall is critical, and if you’re gonna do it, you have to do it very cooperatively with the landowner,” Arpaio said. “I’m for [building a wall]. I’ve been with Trump since day one – July of 2015. Since then I’ve been supporting him because the wall is critical to stop the illegals from crossing.”

Arpaio, who has 38 years of law enforcement experience, some with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), said that stopping the flow of drugs is another important reason to build the wall.

“The real reason I’m for it too, is because of the drug trafficking,” he said.

He also added that the situation in the Middle East, particularly with Iran, is another prime reason why the border needs to be closed. As it stands, terrorists could simply walk across the southern border and eventually attack America.

Arpaio also had kind words for President Donald J. Trump.

“With all my experience – and I worked with several presidents – I have to say that Trump is making great headway,” he said.