The Cochise County Board of Supervisors has written a letter to Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick strongly supporting her efforts to have the federal government engage with local agencies and the public regarding the border fence project.
At its regular meeting on February 11, Supervisors Tom Borer, Ann English, and Peggy Judd unanimously approved the letter, which emphasizes concerns about potential impacts of a new border barrier, and the lack of communication by the Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies.
The Board supports the Congresswoman’s assertions that local governments and other relevant organizations, as well as the general public, should be consulted on site plans and construction timelines.
The letter goes on to state, “Considering that preparation work has already begun, we consider this matter to be of great urgency and we appreciate your efforts on this issue.”
Should Congresswoman Kirkpatrick’s office wish to host a public forum where federal agencies would be asked to share information, the County has offered to help accommodate such an event.
Supervisor English stressed the Board and County is limited in its authority when it comes to federal projects.
“The Board of Supervisors recognizes we do not have any authority with the border wall,” she said. “We are asking to be included in the loop of information so we know what’s going on and can pass that on to our constituents. Removing the wall is not in our authority.”