TUCSON — In June 2017, Tucson became the first city in Arizona to officially oppose the building of a border wall.
Now, Councilwoman Regina Romero joins two of her colleagues in signing a memo showing support for the city of Nogales and its resolution opposing the razor wire along the U.S. side of the border.
“It’s horrendous, it’s horrendous,” Romero said. “It affects the psyche of children as if they’re in a war zone.”
But there’s a grassroots movement to build a wall along the southern border through private money, not federal funding.
On Friday, the “We The People Will Build The Wall” founder, Brian Kolfage told hundreds of supporters that are coming in from people on both sides of the aisle.
“They’re donating and they’re Democrats,” Kolfage said. “So, I think it’s a slim amount of people who don’t want it because they want open borders. They want our country to be invaded more or less. They don’t care. They’re socialists and they think America has everything and they want everyone else to have everything.”
“It is ridiculous to say we want open borders,” Romero said. “There are ports of entry that move goods and services in a very effective way. Right now, under the Trump administration, they’re severely understaffed.”
Romero argues our neighbors in Nogales to live in one community on both sides of the border.
“We’re 45 minutes away,” she said. “We have family in Nogales. We will be in solidarity with the city of Nogales on making it a very clear stance that that razor wire needs to come down.”
Romero hopes a formal resolution on this issue will be adopted at the city council meeting on February 20.