Arizona Accepting Donations for Border Wall Lawmakers set up website for donors By Tim Karan, Newser Staff Posted Jul 20, 2011 5:41 PM CDT 22 comments Comments Arizona is officially taking donations to build a wall on the Mexican border to replace hundreds of miles of weak fencing. (Shutterstock) (Newser) – Arizona's message to the feds: Forget you guys, we're building our own fence. Thanks to new legislation, the state is taking illegal immigration into its own hands and is now accepting private donations to build a wall at the Mexican border. Lawmakers have set up a website where anyone can contribute to help raise the estimated $50 million needed, reports the Arizona Republic. "Donate to the country's security," said state Sen. Steve Smith, who sponsored the legislation. "This is an American problem, not an Arizona problem." The leader of the National Immigration Forum thinks it's a lousy idea. “Spending on a fence is bad public policy,” Ali Noorani tells Politico. ”The mechanics of this are very murky. The data proves that a wall is a waste of money."