Arizona is filling in the gaps of the border wall along its southern border, doing what the Biden administration refuses to do, The Daily Wire reports.
Arizona’s Governor Doug Ducey (R) signed an executive order to begin constriction on a 1,000 foot gap in the wall.
The order comes as the Biden administration ends the Trump era policy of having asylum seekers wait in Mexico for their adjudication. The popular program was called “remain in Mexico.”
“Arizona has had enough,” Ducey said in a statement. “We can’t wait any longer. The Biden administration’s lack of urgency on border security is a dereliction of duty. For the last two years, Arizona has made every attempt to work with Washington to address the crisis on our border. Time and time again we’ve stepped in to clean up their mess. Arizonans can’t wait any longer for the federal government to deliver on their delayed promises.”
“Our border communities are being used as the entryway to the United States, overwhelming law enforcement, hospitals, nonprofits and residents,” Ducey added. “It’s our responsibility to protect our citizens and law enforcement from this unprecedented crisis. 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. That’s exactly what our barrier mission will do.”
To construct the barrier, the state purchased 60 8,800 pound, 9×40 foot shipping containers. The containers will be linked together, then welded shut and topped with concertina razor wire. The barrier will be about 22 feet high, shorter than the 30-foot panels of border wall installed by the Trump administration. The project is expected to cost about $6 million, which will be taken from the $335 million “Arizona Border Security Fund.”
The order was signed after construction had started, reports indicate.
The Wire reports that the announcement was made on a press call Friday morning. Construction had started six minutes earlier.
Ducey’s office said they are prepared to accept the consequences saying, “But bottom line is, is that 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.”
The Biden administration had announced in December that they would be filling in the gaps, but action was never taken.