Tuesday, May 14, 2013



Arizona State Senate
1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85007
Senator Gail Griffin
Chair, Committee on Government & Environment
Press Release

May 13, 2013

Senator Griffin appointed Co-Chair of Joint Border Security
Advisory Committee

(Phoenix, State Capitol) ----Senator Gail Griffin of Hereford has
been appointed Co-Chair of the Joint Border Security Advisory
Committee, Senate President Andy Biggs announced. Senator Griffin has
been a member of the committee since March 2011.

Senator Griffin has a long history of working toward securing our
borders and getting our message to the federal government that our
borders are not safe. She knows firsthand the danger: her home sits
just 15 minutes from the U.S.-Mexico border

The purpose of the Joint Border Security Committee is (1) take
testimony and other evidence regarding the international border; (2)
analyze border crossing statistics; (3) analyze related crime
statistics; (4) make recommendations to increase border security (5)
make other recommendations deemed essential to the committee.

As part of its statutory duties, the committee is in charge of the
Border Security Trust Fund, which is administered by the Arizona
Treasurer. Monies from the fund can be used for any purpose regarding
the construction and maintenance of a secure fence along the Arizona-
Mexico border line on private, state or federal property. The fund
accepts private donations online with the intention of using those
donations to build the border fence.

The committee includes members of the Senate and House of
Representatives, a number of county sheriffs and agency directors.
Committee meetings are open to the public.

As Arizona citizens, we are all impacted in some form by our
unsecured border. This committee plays a major role in bringing
public awareness to the severity of the issues and consequences of
the failed federal government policies in securing our borders.


Note: Following should be current:

Joint Border Security Advisory Committee

Rep. Russ Jones (Co-Chair),
Rep. David Stevens
Rep. Javan Mesnard

Sen. Chester Crandell
Sen. Kelli Ward
Sen. Gail Griffin (Co-Chair)

Appointed by Governor:
Bas Aja, AZ Cattlemen's Association
John Halikowski, Director, Department of Transportation
Robert Halliday, Director, Department of Public Safety
Gilbert Orrantia, Director, Arizona Department of Homeland Security
Charles Ryan, Director, Department of Corrections
Hugo Salazar, Adjutant General, Arizona Dept. of Emergency and
Military Affairs


Sheriff Joseph M. Arpaio, Maricopa County Sheriff's Office
Sheriff Ralph Ogden, Yuma County Sheriff's Office
Sheriff Paul Babeu, Pinal County Sheriff's Office

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