Ariz. gets $100,000 in donations for fence project

July 27, 2011 - 2:58 PM

PHOENIX (AP) — A fundraising website launched by Arizona lawmakers to build more fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border has brought in more than $100,000 in donations in its first week of operation.

State Sen. Steve Smith, sponsor of the law authorizing the fence, says the total doesn't include checks that recently have arrived by mail and which are now being tallied.

The Republican gave his fundraising update Wednesday to a legislative committee focusing on border security. The plan calls for the state to use donated money and inmate labor to build additional fencing along parts of the border, likely on state or privately owned property.

The federal government has already built about 650 miles of fences along the nearly 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexico border. Nearly half of that fencing is in Arizona.