Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has launched a construction project intended to fill in some of the gaps in the federal border walls. The move follows similar actions taken by Texas Governor Greg Abbott in response to changes to immigration and border security policies made by the Biden administration.
In a tweet on Friday, Governor Ducey announced the start of construction projects to place physical barriers in gaps in the border wall along the Arizona-Mexico border. Workers began placing weld-lock shipping containers.
IN PROGRESS: Beginning of the construction of a physical barrier at the Yuma part of the border
60 double-stacked, weld-closed shipping containers
Topped with 4 feet of razor wire
Height: 22 feet
Weight: 8,800 pounds pic.twitter.com/VQmYIynf8U
— Doug Ducey (@DougDucey) August 12, 2022
The double-stacked containers will be topped with four feet of razor wire, Ducey said. The result will be a 22-foot-tall barrier weighing nearly 9,000 pounds.
Construction is funded by a $564 million spending bill signed into law by the governor in June. The bill earmarks funds to pay for physical barriers, additional public safety personnel, and more public safety technology and equipment in response to the border crisis created by the federal government.
“President Joe Biden’s inaction has led to the worst border crisis in more than 20 years,” Governor Ducey said in a signing letter in June. “We have taken many steps to help resolve the chaos, including deploying the Arizona National Guard, signing legislation to combat human trafficking, and the voluntary transport of migrants to Washington. , DC”
“Ultimately, however, securing our border is the responsibility of the federal government,” Ducey continued. “With this investment, we are giving our law enforcement professionals another critical resource they need to do their jobs successfully. We uphold the rule of law and cement Arizona’s commitment to securing our state and our entire nation.
The actions in Arizona follow similar actions taken in Texas by Governor Greg Abbott. The governor launched Operation Lone Star to build border barriers, deploy additional National Guard soldiers and DPS soldiers, and ferry migrants by bus to Washington DC and New York.