While Congress and President Donald Trump continue to battle about a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border, one Arizona town has decided to make a change to the one already constructed.
On Wednesday night, the city council in Nogales, Arizona unanimously passed a resolution to request that the federal government remove all of the concertina wire inside the city limits, the Associated Press reports. If the government denies the request, Nogales Mayor Arturo Garino said he would pursue legal action.
Garino has said he's been concerned about the appearance that the wall gives. Ahead of Wednesday's meeting, Garino told KVOA TV that the barbed wire is "is the type of wire that you’d see in a battlefield setting or a war zone or in a prison," journalist Eric Fink said.
“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,” Garino told the AP.
A Michigan couple visiting the city echoed Garino's words to KVOA earlier in the day.
“I don’t believe it’s necessary on this side of the wall and to have razor wire — they already have a big wall, why do they need something more?” the husband, who was not identified, asked.
In recent months, U.S. Customs and Border Protection added additional barbed wire to the wall so that the structure is nearly covered by it. Photos from Nogales International feature six stacked lines of wire along the two-story wall.
According to a CBP spokesperson, the additional wire was added “for additional support in high-risk urban areas commonly exploited by criminal smuggling organizations," the AP reports. The spokesperson also stated that the new wire is being added outside the city limits of Nogales and that in areas with a large volume of pedestrian traffic the wire is only placed on the upper section of the wall for safety.
While Nogales is a town of approximately 20,000 people, the city of Nogales, Mexico, with a population of over 214,000, sits on the other side of the wall. Garino's concerns, he said, extend to the impact the wall could have on businesses in the city.
The graphic below, provided by Statista, illustrates the progress made on construction of the southern border wall.
According to the AP, the town's economy is reliant on cross-border trade and Mexican shoppers.
The installation of additional rolls of wire in border towns in the southwestern United States has been the most noticeable change as the president continues to push for $5.7 billion dollars to construct a barrier at the border. Approximately 660 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border already have some type of man-made barrier, most of it built after 2006.
On Sunday, the president tweeted that an additional 3,750 troops would be deployed to the border to install more of the concertina wire. Including the most recent deployment, 6,000 troops will be working to assist CBP at the border.
"With Caravans marching through Mexico and toward our Country, Republicans must be prepared to do whatever is necessary for STRONG Border Security. Dems do nothing. If there is no Wall, there is no Security. Human Trafficking, Drugs and Criminals of all dimensions - KEEP OUT!," Trump tweeted on Sunday.
This article was updated to include an infographic.