Arizona panel directs cash for border fence to technology

Arizona panel directs cash for border fence to technology

PHOENIX (AP) – Arizona lawmakers who hoped to build miles of fencing along the border with Mexico using private money are instead directing the cash to a border sheriff for equipment.

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

Lawmakers, sheriffs and state department heads who serve on the Legislature’s border security advisory committee met Monday and gave nearly $220,000 to the Cochise County sheriff to buy night-vision and other equipment.

The other border sheriff’s declined to ask for the money.

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

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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