Southern Arizona Goes against Border Wall Construction

Trump’s offensive symbols of fear and division as the people of Southern Arizona call it, has not been received well by many. It was Trump’s call to construct a border wall. June has been an eye-opening month for the people of Arizona because even the Tucson City Council, as well as the Pima County Board of Supervisors, joined the escalating resistance against the symbol.

The Pima Board began by disapproving the border wall and called for an exhaustive investigation to ascertain its cost and necessity. Read more: Jim | Twitter

The Tucson City Council later supported the move of Pima Board and thus passed the same resolution. They also intended to know the companies that are expected to carry out the project because they would divest from them once it becomes practicable. By doing this, they would be showing the community that they practice only what they preach which involves preventing any harm from the environment and members of the community.

In this case, they won’t be willing to support any company that is gaining profits by inflicting pain and suffering on people. Regina Romero, a member of the Council and the author of the resolution, said that they are yet to know the companies involved. Read more: Michael Larcey | Twitter

Romero announced that Southern Arizona is collectively unified and firmly stand against the border wall, militarization and criminalization of immigrant families. Meaning apart from the resolution passed, they are also opposing the continued federal funding expenditure on for-profit prisons who are using the money paid to arrest and confine immigrants.

These actions are just benefiting the private prisons by increasing their profits while subjecting immigrants to suffering. Pima Board also passed a resolution to neglect Trump by backing up the Paris Climate Accord and live up to its standards. Both the climate change and the border wall resolutions were passed because two Democrats voted for them while only two Republicans voted against them.

Steve Christy and Ally Miller are some of the Republican supervisors who comes from the wealthier part of Tucson, and they pointed that the border resolution was overreaching. Jim and Michael claimed that they believe the nation’s borders are not adequately militarized, and Miller added that the projected wall would have helped to keep away terrorists and drug dealers.

Apparently, she agrees that the statement presented also had evidential information. The resolutions passed are no different from executive orders, and this means that they are not entirely legally binding but plain expression of intent. The city and the county are left to hope that their message will reach the Congress.

About Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund

Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund is an initiative developed by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin with intent to support groups that support civil, human and migrants’ rights. Also, groups that support freedom of speech and civic involvement across Arizona.

Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey are the co-founders of Village Voice Media and Phoenix New Times, and they made a decision to channel the settlement cash arising from their arrest by Sheriff Joe Arpaio towards their commitment stated above. The total amount of the settlement is $3.75 million.