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County official wants to revisit vote rejecting border grant

File - In this Jan. 5, 2016 file photo, U.S. Border Patrol vehicles drive next to a U.S-Mexico border fence in the booming New Mexico town of Santa Teresa. The Trump administration is waiving numerous laws to clear the way for replacing existing vehicle barriers along a stretch of the US-Mexico border in New Mexico. The notice published Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, in the Federal Register says the waiver extends around 20 miles west of the Santa Teresa Port of Entry. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras, File)

TUCSON, Ariz. — An Arizona county official is asking other members of the board of supervisors to reconsider its vote to reject federal border-security funding.

The Tucson Daily Star reports Pima County Supervisor Ramon Valadez is asking fellow board members to take another look at the decision at a Feb. 20 meeting, saying he has learned more about the law enforcement program supported with federal funds.

He had been among three Democrats on Tuesday to vote against accepting federal border-security funding, saying they didn’t want the county involved in enforcing the Trump administration’s immigration policies.

They had voted to reject $1 million from Operation Stonegarden, a program meant to help agencies along the border pay overtime and buy equipment to coordinate efforts with federal agencies to improve border security.

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