The City Council in Nogales, a small Arizona border city, passed a resolution threatening to sue the federal government should it fail to remove all concertina wire installed within the city limits.
The council’s resolution says the barbed wire on the border wall, which runs through the downtown area, “is only found in a war, prison or battle setting” and would harm or kill any person or animal that might attempt to scale it.
The council’s resolution says placing concertina wire along the wall is “not only irresponsible but inhuman.”
Here is the resolution by @mayorgarino that the Nogales City Council will be discussing at today's meeting. It is a demand that the federal government remove concertina wire from the border fence, among other things. pic.twitter.com/9p6WJURsIu
— Tim Steller (@senyorreporter) February 6, 2019
The wire was installed by soldiers deployed by the Pentagon who have installed concertina wire at or near several official crossings. In November, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said the military had sent 36 miles of concertina wire to be used at or near official crossings in Arizona, California, and Texas.
US troops are seen installing concertina wire in Nogales, Ariz., days after the Pentagon said it will deploy an additional 3,750 troops to the Mexico border. https://t.co/rGjc9BkMSO pic.twitter.com/jURAU3B0PS
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) February 5, 2019
Nogales, which sits on the border with Nogales, Mexico, is home to 20,000 people.
The city’s economy is dependent on Mexican shoppers and cross-border trade. Illegal crossings in the area have seen a significant drop in the last few years.
“Aesthetically pleasing — it’s not. It’s very bad. It’s not good for business, it’s not good for what we’re trying to create, a business-friendly community here in Nogales,” Nogales Mayor Arturo Garino told The Associated Press.
The downtown area is partly residential, with homes mere feet from the border fence.
Earlier this week, speaking to the Nogales International paper, Garino said, “That wire is lethal, and I really don’t know what they’re thinking by putting it all the way down to the ground.”
— Eric Fink (@EricMillerFink) February 7, 2019
Images of the wall in Nogales have sparked an outcry.
Look what the US military deployment did to the border fence in downtown Nogales, Arizona. This makes us look like a nation that's completely lost its mind: https://t.co/0ui7zBYHsV pic.twitter.com/Godx7INhcp
— Adam Isacson (@adam_wola) February 5, 2019
— Weezie Proud Resister (@itsweezie) February 7, 2019
Here’s a look at the Mexican Border in Nogales, the barbed wire went up a few days ago and border patrol is out in full force. Crazy to see it all in person. pic.twitter.com/NW7YTmiXN2
— WXII Kirsten Gutierrez (@WXIIKirsten) February 7, 2019
The council’s resolution came only a day after President Donald Trump during his State of the Union address stressed the need for a border wall and announced that he has ordered 3,750 troops to prepare for what he referred to as a “tremendous onslaught”:
As we speak, large, organized caravans are on the march to the United States. We have just heard that Mexican cities, in order to remove the illegal immigrants from their communities, are getting trucks and buses to bring them up to our country in areas where there is little border protection. I have ordered another 3,750 troops to our southern border to prepare for this tremendous onslaught. This is a moral issue.
The lawless state of our southern border is a threat to the safety, security, and financial well-being of all Americans. We have a moral duty to create an immigration system that protects the lives and jobs of our citizens. This includes our obligation to the millions of immigrants living here today who follow the rules and respect our laws. Legal immigrants enrich our nation and strengthen our society in countless ways.