After taking federal funds for a decade to assist in securing the border, Pima County’s supervisors voted to reject federal money (to the tune of 1.8 million dollars). Why? Because in their warped view it encouraged collaboration between the Sheriff’s Department and the Border Patrol!
Wait... Why now? After taking this money for more than ten years, what changed in Pima County that would precipitate this change? In a word, Trump.
Voting to reject the grant were Democrats Richard Elías, Sharon Bronson and Ramón Valadez; Republicans Steve Christy and Ally Miller dissented. It was a 3-2 vote along party lines. You have no idea how tired Tusonans are of hearing“ 3-2 votes along party lines.
“It’s a new deal out there at the border and the board is concerned with having our sheriffs become more involved in working on federal immigration law,” said Elías. “Frankly, we have a different administration in the White House and we’ve seen a lot of change in the way ICE and the Border Patrol do business here in the borderlands.”
During the board meeting Tuesday, Elías expressed concern for the money being used for militarization of the border.
“In item 9, frankly it’s about equipment that’s even a more egregious use of those funds in militarization,” Elías said.
Watch the video and witness the asshatery. Tucson is the 5th poorest metropolitan area in the United States and they just voted out 1.8 million dollars because of Trump Derangement Syndrome! Wow! Way to represent the people.
The Arizona Daily Independent puts the whole debacle into perspective.