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Arizona Lawmakers Revive Private Border Wall Bill

Cronkite News

Arizona lawmakers have revived a measure that would have made it easier for property owners on the U.S.-Mexico border to build a wall. 

Republicans approved the measure in a party-line vote on Thursday, a week after it fell one vote short of passage.

The bill would allow people to sidestep state and local permitting requirements to build a border wall.

GOP lawmakers say it would prevent political interference from local officials philosophically opposed to a wall.

Democrats say a border wall is ineffective at stopping drug trafficking, and the state shouldn't remove local control for permitting decisions. 


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