Republican Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced Friday that the state is suing the Biden administration in order to keep the border barrier of shipping containers it erected.
“Our border communities are overwhelmed by illegal activity as a result of the Biden administration’s failure to secure the southern border,” said Ducey in a statement released on his social media account.
“Arizona is taking action to protest on behalf of our citizens," he continued. "With this lawsuit, we’re pushing back against efforts by federal bureaucrats to reverse the progress we’ve made. The safety and security of Arizona and its citizens must not be ignored. Arizona is going to do the job that Joe Biden refuses to do — secure the border in any way we can. We’re not backing down.”
Arizona began stacking shipping containers to fill gaps at the border in August after the Biden administration failed to fill those gaps. Ducey said that the state had closed about 3,820 linear feet with 130 shipping containers stacked on top of each other and welded together.
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation then demanded on October 14 that Ducey remove the border barrier and claimed that it was built in violation of federal law. The Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs responded by refusing to do so and said in a statement that the state had a right to defend its residents against illegal immigration.
"The myriad of federal agencies that claim jurisdiction on the southern border but do nothing to prevent the public nuisance caused by illegal immigration and criminal activity that exploits the open border is quite frustrating to those that live, work and recreate on that border and in our state," said DEMA director Allen Clark on Tuesday.
Ducey's latest statement said that the Tucson sector of the U.S. Border Patrol had documented more than 230,000 migrants crossing illegally into Arizona from October 2021 to August 2022.
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