The expanded Joint Border Security Advisory Committee will meet for the first time Wednesday, one week after the successful launching of the border fence website www.buildtheborderfence.com . That website, which collects private donations to help Arizona build a fence along the Mexico border, raised more than $100,000 in its first three days.
The meeting is set for Wednesday at 9 a.m. in House Hearing Room 1. The committee is co-chaired by Sen. Al Melvin and Rep. Russ Jones. New committee members Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu and Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever are all planning to attend.
Sen. Steve Smith, Republican from Maricopa, will give a presentation on the first week of the border fence donation website.
All the funds raised at www.buildtheborderfence.com are held in a trust fund account in the Arizona State Treasurer’s Office. The Joint Border Security Advisory Committee, established in the bill, will oversee the project.