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Lawmakers to pull plug on Arizona border fence plan

A Border Patrol vehicle rides the border fence near Douglas, Ariz., in this 2012 file photo. (Photo by Andy Ellison/Cronkite NewsWatch)

A Border Patrol vehicle rides the border fence near Douglas, Ariz., in this 2012 file photo. (Photo by Andy Ellison/Cronkite NewsWatch)

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona lawmakers who hoped to build miles of fencing along the border with Mexico using private money are pulling the plug on the project after nearly five years.

Republican backers of the 2011 legislation hoped to collect as much as $50 million in donations to build the fence. But only about $265,000 was collected.

Lawmakers, sheriff’s and state department heads who serve on the Legislature’s border security advisory committee meet Monday to hear spending proposals for the money that was collected. They’ve asked sheriffs in Cochise, Pima, Yuma and Santa Cruz county to present plans for fencing or technology using the cash.

Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada appreciates the offer but says he won’t participate because it’s one-time money and there’s not enough cash to have an effect.

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