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Supporters will have the ability to donate their money as soon as lawmakers launch the online fundraising campaign, according to an Associated Press story. Last month, Gov. Jan Brewer signed legislation that gives the state the green light to launch a website to raise money for the fence work, according to news reports.
Arizona state Sen. Steve Smith, R-Maricopa, sponsored the bill.
"We're going to build this site as fast as we can, and promote it, and market the heck out of it," Smith told the Associated Press.
About 650 miles of fencing already exists along the U.S.-Mexico border. A good portion of that fencing is in Arizona – a gateway for people seeking to cross illegally and drug traffickers, according to the New York Daily News.
The fence fundraiser is just the latest effort by Arizona officials who are seeking to combat illegal immigration.
Democrats and critics have called the effort symbolic legislation that doesn't really address border security, according to a National Public Radio story.
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