Two unlikely groups in Arizona unite against Trump's wall proposal

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Trump wants to block money transfers to Mexico to pay for wall along the border (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Trump wants to block money transfers to Mexico to pay for wall along the border (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
Two unlikely groups in AZ are uniting against Trump's wall proposal (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Two unlikely groups in AZ are uniting against Trump's wall proposal (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Walls divide.

But Donald Trump's plan to finance a border wall is uniting two groups that don't see eye to eye on much.

Republican lawmakers and immigration rights activists find themselves on the same side of fence when it comes to Trump's plan of blocking money transfers to Mexico to pay for a 1,000-mile wall along the border.

"I think this might not be a bridge too far but a wall too far." said Sen. Steve Smith, a Republican from Maricopa.

And when it comes to immigration issues, Smith is a hardliner who unsuccessfully tried to fund the construction of a border fence with private donations.

In his opinion, Trump's latest immigration proposal, "just doesn't jive."

Specifically, Trump said he would stop wire transfers from going south of the border unless Mexico agreed to pony up the cash for a wall.

Sen. Steve Pierce, a Republican from Prescott, worries it will damage the state's economy.

"Mexico is our largest trading partner," Pierce said Tuesday at the state capitol. "Most the vegetables for winter time in North America come from there. What's he going to do, shut down Arizona?"

Trump launched his campaign last summer by describing immigrants as drug dealers and rapists.

His latest proposal comes at a pivotal point in his campaign as he is projected to lose the Wisconsin primary, raising doubts he can lock up the GOP nomination before the convention in Cleveland.

Through it all, immigration groups like Living United for Change in Arizona (LUCHA) have spoken out against Trump and his immigration rhetoric.

The proposal to cut off money transfers from immigrants was no different.

"Presidential candidate Donald Trump, he likes to say all these crazy things that aren't even very realistic," said Aldo Gonzalez, who works at LUCHA.

When asked what he thought about Arizona Republicans slamming Trump's plan, he said, "I’m really surprised they said that."

With a track record of passing some of the harshest immigration laws in the country, don’t expect Arizona Republicans and activists to be united very often.  

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