White House Demands Arizona Remove Border Containers

Gov. Doug Ducey (R-AZ) is considering a request from the Biden Administration to remove shipping containers that were placed in gaps along the border wall between Arizona and Mexico.

There are around 120 shipping containers stacked along the southern border in Yuma, Arizona that are acting as parts of the border wall to keep illegal immigrants from crossing the border without going through proper channels. Gov. Ducey issued an Executive Order in August to use the shipping containers to fill in gaps in the wall stating that Arizona “can’t wait any longer.”

The federal government is responsible for securing the border, but once the border is breached, it is the border states, primarily Texas and Arizona, who have to deal with the consequences.

There is no question that the federal government has authority over the border, and even the request to remove the shipping containers fall under the purview of the federal government. The letter to Arizona states, “The unauthorized placement of those containers constitutes a violation of federal law and is a trespass against the United States. That trespass is harming federal lands and resources and impeding Reclamation’s ability to perform its mission.”

In response, Gov. Ducey’s Communications Director C.J. Karamargin said, “As for the letter, we question their legal analysis and we are looking at our options.” He continued, “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.”

The question becomes at what point does the state of Arizona have to protect itself if the federal government is not doing its job?

Ducey’s general counsel Anni Foster said, “The federal government has a duty to protect the states. They failed to do that. We have made every effort to work with them and try to resolve this problem, but the governor can no longer wait for the federal government to take action when we have a community like Yuma, who is being sheltered at 150% of capacity.”

When the September numbers come out, they are expected to show more than 2.3 million “encounters” with migrants at the border. Many of those are getting past the border and into the surrounding communities, and in Gov. Ducey’s mind, something had to be done.