Senator Gail Griffin of Hereford has been appointed Co-Chair of the Joint Border Security Advisory Committee, Senate President Andy Biggs announced. Senator Griffin has been a member of the committee since March 2011.
Senator Griffin has a long history of working toward securing our borders and getting our message to the federal government that our borders are not safe. She knows firsthand the danger: her home sits just 15 minutes from the U.S.-Mexico border
The purpose of the Joint Border Security Committee is (1) take testimony and other evidence regarding the international border; (2) analyze border crossing statistics; (3) analyze related crime statistics; (4) make recommendations to increase border security (5) make other recommendations deemed essential to the committee.
As part of its statutory duties, the committee is in charge of the Border Security Trust Fund, which is administered by the Arizona Treasurer. Monies from the fund can be used for any purpose regarding the construction and maintenance of a secure fence along the Arizona-Mexico border line on private, state or federal property. The fund accepts private donations online with the intention of using those donations to build the border fence.
The committee includes members of the Senate and House of Representatives, a number of county sheriffs and agency directors. Committee meetings are open to the public.
As Arizona citizens, we are all impacted in some form by our unsecured border. This committee plays a major role in bringing public awareness to the severity of the issues and consequences of the failed federal government policies in securing our borders.