Privately funded border wall hits a wall

A bid to build a privately financed border wall ended after six years with a whimper and some hunting cameras, but no actual wall, Arizona Capitol Times and Yellow Sheet Report said Tuesday.

The Joint Border Security Advisory Committee began in 2011 as a panel of lawmakers and law enforcement officials tasked with spending money donated by the general public for the purpose of building a wall at the Arizona-Mexico border. At least, that was the purpose of the Border Security Trust Fund.

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But the fund never raised enough to build a wall, let alone a small segment of one, and instead, the roughly $275,000 in donations has been spent on equipment for the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office.

On Tuesday morning, the committee met for what will be the last time to vote on spending roughly $56,000, which represents the last of the fund’s money, the two publications reported.


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