Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) announced on Friday that his state has begun building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border without support from the Biden administration.
In a statement, Ducey criticized the federal government for its lack of action on the country’s illegal immigration crisis and said Arizona “can’t wait any longer.”
“Arizona has had enough. We can’t wait any longer,” Ducey said Friday. “The Biden administration’s lack of urgency on border security is a dereliction of duty … Arizonans can’t wait any longer for the federal government to deliver on their delayed promises.”
The Republican governor went on to argue that the state’s wall would support Border Patrol agents and local law enforcement officials in their efforts to prevent illegal immigrants from crossing the southern border.
“It’s our responsibility to protect our citizens and law enforcement from this unprecedented crisis,” he said. “With the resources and manpower in the right places, our Border Patrol and law enforcement will be better equipped to do their jobs well and prevent cartels from exploiting our communities.”
According to state officials, construction is currently underway on an initial $6 million project outside of Yuma, Arizona. Officials said the goal of this first project is to fill in gaps in the existing wall which was constructed under former President Donald Trump.
Workers are stacking massive shipping containers in these gaps, with a special emphasis on points where border crossings are common, authorities said. The containers are 9-feet by 40-feet wide, 22 feet high and weigh around 8,800 pounds.
According to officials, 60 of these 4-ton shipping containers were brought to the border to complete the first project outside Yuma.
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
In a statement, Arizona Homeland Security head Tim Roemer said the state decided to implement an “easy solution” instead of waiting on the federal government to act.
“This is an easy solution that Washington D.C. just continues to fail to act on,” Roemer said. “We’re done waiting for them … The governor is done waiting for the Biden administration to act, and we’re going to.”