Incumbent Arizona GOP Governor Doug Ducey’s makeshift border wall has sparked a federal row.
The mile-long wall is made up of empty shipping containers lined up along the US southern border.
The container wall crosses federal lands and conservation areas and is expected to cost nearly $100 million.
This makeshift border wall made up of hundreds of shipping containers sparked a federal row between the US government and the administration of Arizona’s incumbent Republican governor.
GOP Gov. Doug Ducey — who is leaving office due to term limits — ordered his state’s Department of Emergency and Military Affairs in August to begin constructing a wall at random along the US border. Condition using empty shipping crates.
“Arizona has had enough,” he said when asked. Arizona crews began stacking shipping crates on top of each other and covering the tops with barbed wire. The wall – expected to hold 3,000 containers and cost $95 million – crosses federal lands and conservation areas and is about a third of the way.
Federal officials from the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Reclamation demanded in October that Ducey stop building the impromptu wall. But Ducey instead sued both agencies and said in a complaint that he was taking steps to “defend” the state and close loopholes along the border.
NBC News reported that for the past few weeks, Arizona residents and environmentalists have protested Ducey’s decision against the wall and plan to stay until the containers are removed.
Meanwhile, according to the Associated Press, the government on Wednesday sued Ducey and the state for placing the wall on federal land.
Ducey has previously said he is ready to withdraw the crates, the AP reported, but wants the government to fill in the gaps along the border.
Ducey is expected to be replaced in early January by Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a Democrat. She told Arizona PBS earlier this month that the shipping crates were a ‘political stunt’ and ‘are not effective as a barrier’ but that she is ‘looking at all options’ to address the issue. .
“I think what we need to do is see how we can cooperate with the federal government on border security issues,” she said during the interview.
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