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Sheriffs Arpaio, Babeu and Dever to speak before border committee Wednesday

Three Arizona sheriffs are scheduled to make presentations Wednesday before a special committee of the Legislature that’s devoted to examining security along the state’s border with Mexico.

Sheriffs Joe Arpaio from Maricopa County, Paul Babeu from Pinal County and Larry Dever from Cochise County will appear before the Legislature’s Joint Border Security Advisory Committee.

Committee members also will hear an update on a website that’s collecting donations to build more fences along the Arizona-Mexico border. The committee oversees that project.

Supporters say the goal of the fence project is to close gaps exploited by smugglers and illegal immigrants.

Opponents say the fence project is a piecemeal approach to border security.

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