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Houses delivered to land bordering proposed border fence, says Nogales

Houses delivered to land bordering proposed border fence, says Nogales

By Paul L. Pfeifer

Updated Feb. 21, 2012 4:42 p.m. ET 1 COMMENTS

In a letter published Thursday in The Arizona Republic, three former high-ranking Nogales police officers claim the city and county acted as a cover up for the state of Arizona when they blocked construction of a federal fence that is intended to prevent illegal immigration.

The three former officers, who served in two Nogales police departments between 2009 and 2013, were identified in a letter by a group called Nogales Rising, a coalition of community activists that includes the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, said the groups leaders did not want to speak on the record but said it’s the “most common request” from frustrated Arizona residents seeki바카라사이트ng answers.

The protest at the intersection of I-10 and State Route 60 is one of the largest in the county, according to a post-election analysis by the Greater Phoenix/Scottsdale Economic Institute and the nonpartisan think tank, Phoenix-area policy analyst Mark Gonyea, who helped run the economic institute’s database.

The city and county declined repeated requests for an interview with The Republic, but City Attorney Matt Kowalchuk responded in an email: “When it comes to local politics, the decision-making is done by elected representatives in the majority, not by city officials.”

The three former officers, who served in the department between 2009 and 2013, allege that the Nogales Police Department was informed about plans by Nogales Mayor Mark Pardo to build a state of the art security fence at the intersection in September 2009. Two weeks later, the city’s internal affairs officer wrote to then-Superintendent Dave Tullan that plans to install the fence would 바카라사이트delay the installation of a crime control program, according to the officer’s handwritten notes. The 바카라사이트Nogales police chief at the time, Jeff DeLa Rosa, said the fence would not impede the operation of the city’s crime control program.

“In this case, the security fence was not installed, and the police officers were told that (it) was not likely that any crime would be committed,” wrote the former officers, who were sworn to secrecy by Tullan but were released by Tullan after an investigation by Gonyea.

But their concerns were apparently ignored by city officials, who delayed their planning until Oct. 13, 2009, the day after an election in which the incumben

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