The Flagstaff City Council will vote Jan. 16 on a resolution against the proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The resolution would boycott doing business with companies involved in the wall’s construction.
Northern Arizona University professor Robert Neustadt told the council at a recent meeting about a Flagstaff man who was about to be deported and instead committed suicide.
“He could not conceive of living and not being able to see his mother again and his family,” Neustadt said. “Many people in our community are walled in.”
The council also has discussed the cost of the wall, the impact on endangered species and the Tohono O’odham Tribe, which spans both sides of the border.
Two council members expressed concern about the financial impact on Flagstaff taxpayers, if the city limited who it could hire.
The president of the Arizona Chapter of the Associated General Contractors wrote a letter to the council saying the language in the resolution illegally blacklists contractors.
The city attorney is looking into the legality of that portion of the resolution for tonight’s vote.