Military, Barbed Wire Could Spell Trouble For Nogales Business

By Murphy Woodhouse
Published: Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 5:24pm
Updated: Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 9:28am

Razor wire
Cesar Lopez
U.S. soldiers installed razor wire along the border in downtown Nogales, Arizona, on Nov. 6, 2018.

As Arizonans went to the polls in record numbers Tuesday, the U.S. military was stringing razor wire along the border in downtown Nogales, Arizona. Some are worried that more hostile look could impact business in Arizona and Sonora.

“These actions have a strong impact,” said Juan Carlos Ruiz, head of the Nogales, Sonora branch of Canaco, Mexico’s chamber of commerce.

He pointed to the importance of Arizona tourists to the economy in Nogales, and said razor wire does not send a welcoming message. He also said that it could impact Sonoran visitation of Nogales, Arizona, which depends heavily on Mexican shoppers.

A similar plan to add razor wire was abandoned in 2013 after local opposition, according to the Nogales International.

But wire or no wire, Ruiz says, the two cities are still neighbors.

Nogales razor wire
Cesar Lopez
Soldiers stand by the Nogales, Arizona, border wall while razor wire is installed.

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