The Biden administration has accused Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey of trespassing as he has been closing shipping containers to fill the gaps in the U.S.-Mexico border.
Ducey announced his plan last week saying that the crew was going to be placing two containers in key areas to fill the gaps along the border wall. Two weeks prior to this announcement Ducey had been ordered by federal officials to remove the containers that he had installed in the southwestern part of Arizona.
The Republican governor sued for the right to retain the 100 shipping containers, double stacked with barbed wire on top, which was installed near Yuma.
The containers were first installed in August. Ducey has continuously pushed for the Biden administration to take more actions so as to stop migrants from entering Mexico. His plan now includes more than 2,700 containers which will be placed in a 10-mile section along the border.
The Biden administration has pushed Ducey to remove the containers saying that Arizona is trespassing on federal lands.
Jacklynn Gould, regional director for the Bureau of Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Basin wrote in a letter sent to Arizona that placing these containers violated federal law. She also wrote that trespassing could cause harm to federal lands.
Gould’s department is under the Department of Interior. The letter also stated that a contract was awarded by the Department of Homeland Security for the gaps to be closed near Morelos Dam. She also added that another contract was in the works which would allow two more gaps to be filled.