The fund set up by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to help the state defend its right to implement a controversial new immigration law has received more than $500,000 in donations since it was created on June 17.
According to the Associated Press (AP), more than 70 percent of the 9,057 contributions were submitted in the 48 hours following the Justice Department’s filing of a lawsuit challenging the Grand Canyon state’s new law, which it deems to be unconstitutional.
Donations have been received from residents of all 50 states as well as those living in the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
After contacting a number of Americans who donated to the fund, the news source found that the majority of contributors did so because they believe the Federal government has no right to stand in the way of Arizona attempting to protect its southern border.
Meanwhile, Brewer announced last week that she has cancelled this year’s United States-Mexico Border Governors Conference after Mexican officials threatened to boycott the annual meeting due to their condemnation of the new law, which is scheduled to go into effect on July 29, Politico.com reports.
"The people of Arizona and the people of America support what Arizona has done," said Brewer. "For them to basically not attend here because of that, I think is unfair."