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List of Arizona anti-wall cities grows; Tempe next up to vote

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The resolution opposes the effects a proposed border wall could have on the environment and animal migration patterns

By Joshua Bowling | The Republic

The Tempe City Council decided Thursday to put an anti-border wall resolution to a vote, backing concerns that such a wall could wreak havoc on the environment along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The resolution, which stems from a “No Border Wall” campaign started by the Center for Biological Diversity, was discussed at a Thursday work study session with nearly unanimous support.

Related: Passage Prevented: Border wall would harm ecology

The council will vote on the resolution on Jan. 18, a city spokeswoman said.

Tempe has joined a growing discussion among Arizona cities. Tucson and Pima County passed similar resolutions last summer, and Flagstaff City Council will review one on Tuesday.

Councilwoman Lauren Kuby and Councilman David Schapira first introduced the resolution at a December study session.

If passed, the council would send letters to President Donald Trump and U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., voicing its opposition to the wall. Unlike similar resolutions passed by other cities, Tempe’s would not commit to stop doing business with companies working on a border wall.

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