Arizona city wants razor wire added to border wall removed

A school bus rolls past the concertina wire-covered fence at East International and Nelson Streets in downtown Nogales, Ariz. Photo: Jonathan Clark/Nogales International via AP
A school bus rolls past the concertina wire-covered fence at East International and Nelson Streets in downtown Nogales, Ariz.

February 06, 2019 09:45 PM

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say the new horizontal layers of razor wire were added to the border wall in Nogales, Arizona at a request for additional support. They did not say who made the request.

In a statement Wednesday night, the CBP says the request was for "high-risk urban areas commonly exploited by criminal smuggling organizations."

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The CBP response came quickly after the Nogales City Council passed a resolution condemning the use of new razor wire that now covers the entirety of a tall border wall through downtown.

The council is calling on the federal government to remove all concertina wire installed within the city limits. Otherwise, Nogales Mayor Arturo Garino says it will result in a lawsuit.

The CBP says the new wires are on U.S. government property.

City officials say Army troops installed more horizontal layers of the wire along the border wall last weekend.

The council's resolution says the razor wire would harm or kill anyone who scales the wall and "is only found in a war, prison or battle setting" and shouldn't be in downtown Nogales.


 

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