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Some Tohono O'odham say no to border barriers

Some members of the Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona don't want the tribe to erect barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The O'odham Voice Against the Wall says barriers will divide tribal members who live on opposite sites of the border. They want to continue to use traditional routes to visit family and friends on the other side.

The tribe is increasingly concerned about border crossings, which have strained law enforcement and health services on the reservation. The tribe is being forced to use its own money to police the border. Tribal members in some communities feel threatened by smugglers and migrants.

The tribe is seeking federal funds to build its own barrier.

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