A special committee of the Arizona Legislature devoted to examining security along the state’s border with Mexico will hold its first meeting Wednesday.
The Joint Border Security Advisory Committee was created a week after the state passed an immigration enforcement law last year that was intended to draw local police deeper into the fight against illegal immigration.
The panel was established by a follow-up proposal that tweaked the enforcement law.
Republican Sen. Al Melvin of Tucson, one of the committee’s two chairmen, says he would like the panel to create a website where the public can check on the status of border security.
The committee consists of six Republican lawmakers, a lobbyist for cattlemen, the head of the Arizona National Guard and the leaders of four state agencies.