Arizona border fence plan stalled after 3 years

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Associated Press

Posted on November 6, 2013 at 3:33 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 6 at 3:33 PM

PHOENIX (AP) — A plan by Arizona lawmakers to build a mile of fencing along the border with Mexico using private money remains stalled three years after it was sanctioned by the Legislature.

Lawmakers on a border security committee that met Wednesday acknowledged the state has received just $264,000 for the project.

The committee took no action on a new spending plan and put off a discussion on the issue until next month.

Proponents hoped to collect $2.8 million to build the first mile of what was envisioned as 200 miles of state fencing near the border.

Republican Rep. Steve Smith of Maricopa says he still hopes to use the cash as seed money for some type of border security effort.

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