As the state can no longer wait, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey on Friday signed an executive order to plug any holes in Yuma’s border wall with shipping containers covered in razor wire.
Specifically in the Yuma area, where there has been a sharp rise in migrant contacts, Ducey issued an order directing the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs to patch in any openings in the border wall.
The building project got under way a few hours later and is made up of 60 double-stacked shipping containers that have been welded shut and covered in four feet of razor wire. It stands 22 feet tall and weighs around 9,000 pounds, according to his office.
HAPPENING NOW: Construction begins on a physical barrier at the Yuma portion of the border— Doug Ducey (@DougDucey) August 12, 2022
🔸60 double-stacked shipping containers, welded shut
🔸Topped with 4 feet of razor wire
🔸Height: 22 feet
🔸Weight: 8,800 lbs pic.twitter.com/VQmYIynf8U
Ducey stated in a statement that “Arizona has had enough. We can’t wait any longer,”
Ducey continued by blaming border security for the Biden administration’s lack of urgency and termed it a duty-dereliction.
According to Ducey’s administration, the renovation should be finished over the weekend.
In each of the previous four months, there have been more than 200,000 interactions with migrants along the southern border. According to recent information received by Fox News, the number of interactions in the Yuma Sector have increased by 242% so far this fiscal year compared to last year.
According to Ducey’s administration, Yuma County charities are overloaded, with capacities ranging from 115% to 160%. Doug Nicholls, the mayor of Yuma, praised the decision.
The filling up of the breaches is distinct from an effort made public last month by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to seal four border wall openings in Yuma, this time near Morelos Dam.
To stop illegal immigration, the Trump administration started building a 450-mile border wall. The Biden administration abruptly put an end to the project, leaving huge holes in the wall through which immigrants have entered the country.
Since terminating the contracts, the government has been plagued with huge migrant populations that have overrun border communities and given the White House serious political headaches. According to DHS, it will mitigate environmental harm brought on by the wall and close certain gaps.