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Arizona Gov. Ducey Distances Himself From Trump's Border Wall Plan

(Photo by Jude Joffe-Block - KJZZ)
The border fence seen near Nogales, Arizona.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is putting some distance between him and Donald Trump when it comes to cultivating better relations with Mexico.

Ducey supports Trump's desire for border security and the Republican nominee overall. But in the wake of the candidate's speech last week in Phoenix, the governor said he does not believe a physical barrier is necessary.

"This is his campaign. I'll let him speak for himself," Ducey said. "But we can use technology to do this. We can use border enforcement. We can use border agents to do this. We can use the Department of Public Safety. We can use county sheriffs."

Ducey called Trump’s pledge to deny legal status to anyone here illegal debatable, and supports anything that "brings clarity" to the immigration process. 

The governor suggested Arizonans separate rhetoric on the campaign trail with his efforts to foster ties with Mexico, the state’s number one trading partner.

Phil Latzman is an award-winning digital journalist and broadcast professional with over 25 years of experience covering news and sports on a multitude of platforms.