Saturday, February 4, 2023

Arizona’s governor placed more containers at the border

San Rafael Valley, Ariz. ( Associated Press) – Crews have placed hundreds of containers covered in barbed wire along Arizona’s far eastern border in a daring display of border security by Republican Governor Doug Ducey, even as he prepares to leave office .

Work that had largely stalled in recent days until protests slowed the pace, Ducey pushed ahead despite objections from the US government, environmentalists and the incoming governor, who sees it as a waste of resources.

Democratic governor-elect Katie Hobbs announced last week that she was “looking at all options” and has not yet decided what to do with the containers after the Jan. 5 opening. He previously suggested that containers be repurposed as affordable housing, an increasingly popular option for the homeless and low-income people.

“I don’t know how much it will cost or what the cost will be to remove the containers,” Hobbs told Phoenix PBS’s KAET television channel in an interview Wednesday.

Federal agencies have notified Arizona that construction on US soil is illegal and have ordered it to stop. Ducey responded by suing federal officials over their objections on October 21, sending the dispute to court.

Environmental groups claim that the containers can endanger natural water systems and species.

“Between here and the beginning of January, a lot of damage can happen,” said Russ McSpadden, a Southwest conservation advocate with the Center for Biological Diversity who has been a regular visitor since late October.

Dacey insisted that Arizona has exclusive or joint jurisdiction over the 60-foot strip on which the containers rest and a constitutional right to protect residents from “the imminent threat of criminal and humanitarian threats.”

“Arizona will do what Joe Biden refuses to do: secure the border by any means necessary,” Ducey said when Arizona sued the US government. “We are not going to back down.”

Federal agencies want Ducey’s lawsuit dismissed.

Border security was the focus of Donald Trump’s presidency and remains a powerful issue for Republican politicians. Hobbs’ Republican opponent, Kari Lake, campaigned on his first day in office on a promise to send the National Guard to the border. Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, recently re-elected to a third term, has pushed to continue building Trump’s iconic wall on mostly private land along his state’s border with Mexico and help pay for it. Raised money to help. This included New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. also bused migrants to Democratic-led cities away from the southern border, including

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Snow reported in Phoenix.

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