Arizona city officials demand removal of border wall's razor wire fearing it could kill children

Mail Online | 2/7/2019 | Associated Press
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Officials in a small Arizona border city passed a resolution Wednesday night condemning the installation of new razor wire that now covers the entirety of a tall border wall through downtown.

The City Council in Nogales, which sits on the border with Nogales, Mexico, wants the federal government to remove all concertina wire installed within the city limits because not only is it ugly, but it's potentially lethal.

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Mayor Arturo Garino threatened to sue if he didn't get his way, noting that the increase in wiring was now in reach of pedestrians, including children.

The complaint came after Army troops installed even more horizontal layers of the wire along the border wall last weekend.

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Photos published by the Nogales International newspaper show six rows of concertina wire stacked along the approximately two-story wall.

Nogales' resolution says the razor wire would harm or kill anyone who scales the wall and that it 'is only found in a war, prison or battle setting'. It said it was 'not only irresponsible but inhuman'.

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After the city argued it should not be there because it only serves to incite fear and cause social divisions, US Customs and Border Protection responded that they'd received a request to up the ante.

In a statement, CBP said the wire was added after a request 'for additional support in high-risk urban areas commonly exploited by criminal smuggling organizations'. However, it did not say who made the request.

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Nogales' action came one day after President Donald Trump made his case to the American people about the need for a border wall and how he has ordered 3,750 troops to prepare for what he called a 'tremendous onslaught'.

In a tweet, U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, a Democrat, called its placement a stunt by the Trump administration, which he said is 'trying to create the...
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