"Aesthetically pleasing — it's not. It's very bad. It's not good for business, it's not good for what we're trying to create, a business-friendly community here in Nogales," Garino told the AP.
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol said in a statement that the wire was added after a request "for additional support in high-risk urban areas commonly exploited by criminal smuggling organizations," the AP reported, but the spokesperson did not identify who made the request.
Nogales has a population of roughly 20,000, much smaller than its counterpart across the border, which it relies on for cross-border shopping and trade. The AP reported illegal crossings there have dropped significantly in recent years.
Garino asked U.S Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) last month to assist in having the wire removed, Nogales International reported. McSally has not publicly responded, yet.