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Cochise County vote to support efforts to increase local, federal engagement on border wall construction

BISBEE, Ariz. - Cochise County Board of Supervisors elected Tuesday to send a letter of support to Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick's efforts to increase engagement between federal and local agencies, and the community in regards to the construction of the border wall.

According to the board, the county leaders have reportedly received numerous concerns from the community about potential impacts of the construction of the new border barrier in the area. In the letter to the congresswoman, they state that there is a "lack of engagement between the federal agencies involved in this project and the general public."

The supervisors also said the county has not been consulted or informed about any site plans or construction timelines from the federal government or its contractors.

"The Cochise County Board of Supervisors is writing in strong support of your efforts to encourage the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to engage with State and local agencies, as well as the general public, with regards to border barrier construction projects in Cochise County," the board said in the letter. "Considering that preparation work has already begun, we consider this to be a matter of great urgency and we appreciate your efforts on this issue."

Kirkpatrick has been sharing her worries about the overall impact of the border wall construction. Joined by environmental advocates, elected officials and Native American tribe leaders, they shared their concerns about potential negative biological, cultural, and natural resource impacts the border construction would have on the affected area.

The board voted unanimously, 3-0, to approve the letter.

The full letter is listed below.

Anthony Victor Reyes

Anthony Victor Reyes is the lead digital content producer at News 4 Tucson. The award-winning journalist previously worked as a community reporter in Jasper County, Iowa.

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