Doug Ducey, the Republican governor of Arizona, will not immediately cooperate with the Biden administration’s demand that the state remove shipping containers put this summer to repair gaps in the U.S.-Mexico border wall.
The Associated Press reported on Monday that the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation stated in a letter sent last week that Arizona violated federal law by storing more than 100 containers on federal land and the grounds of the Cocopah Indian Tribe’s West Reservation.
“The unauthorized placement of those containers constitutes a violation of federal law and is a trespass against the United States,” the letter said. “That trespass is harming federal lands and resources and impeding Reclamation’s ability to perform its mission.”
The containers were positioned at Yuma, southwest Arizona, along the state boundary with California.
The Bureau of Reclamation stated that it had issued a contract to cover two holes in the border wall on its territory and expected to shortly award a second contract to close two additional gaps.
The letter stated that the containers must be removed in order for the projects to continue.
HAPPENING NOW: Construction begins on a physical barrier at the Yuma portion of the border
🔸60 double-stacked shipping containers, welded shut
🔸Topped with 4 feet of razor wire
🔸Height: 22 feet
🔸Weight: 8,800 lbs pic.twitter.com/VQmYIynf8U
— Doug Ducey (@DougDucey) August 12, 2022
Apparently, the Ducey administration is taking a wait-and-see stance, according to a spokesperson.
“As for the letter, we question their legal analysis and we are looking at our options,” Ducey spokesman C.J. Karamargin told the Washington Examiner.
Karamartin stated that the 120 containers had been in place since August.
“It took the feds since August to write a letter? If this is any indication of their sense of urgency, then perhaps that explains the problem we’re having,” he said.
Ducey’s staff lost patience with the Biden administration, pointing out that it had promised in December to start filling in wall gaps.
— Marissa Sarbak (@MarissaSarbak) October 18, 2022
More on this story via The Western Journal:
“Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ) announced this summer that the Department of Homeland Security would begin the process of hiring a builder to fill in gaps in the wall in Yuma, but Ducey pushed forward, saying he had given the government enough time to act and they had not moved on the wall,” the Examiner reported. CONTINUE READING…