According to a report from The Daily Wire, the Biden Administration is leaning on Arizona Governor Doug Ducey to remove the shipping containers used to plug holes in the southern border wall; Ducey says no way.
“The Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs sent a letter to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation on Tuesday to inform the administration that the state will not remove the containers until a permanent barrier is constructed,” DW reports.
“Arizonans cannot — and will not — wait for federal bureaucrats to do their job and secure the border. We’re taking action now,” Ducey tweeted Wednesday.
Arizonans cannot — and will not — wait for federal bureaucrats to do their job and secure the border. We’re taking action now. https://t.co/rsrns8uwlB
— Doug Ducey (@DougDucey) October 19, 2022
“The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation claimed in a letter last week that Arizona was violating federal law by placing the containers on federal land and on the land of Cocopah Indian Tribe’s West Reservation, the Associated Press reported Monday,” DW added.
“The unauthorized placement of those containers constitutes a violation of federal law and is a trespass against the United States,” the letter read. “That trespass is harming federal lands and resources and impeding Reclamation’s ability to perform its mission.”
A spokesman for the governor’s office says the Biden Admin’s request is a non-starter.
“The suggestion by any federal bureaucracy, that we take action to make the border easier to cross, is completely unacceptable. Gov. Ducey takes the responsibility to protect Arizona very seriously — that’s why we put up these containers,” Ducey’s communications director, C.J. Karamargin, said in a call with the outlet. “What they’re suggesting, that we take them down and make Arizona less safe, is a non-starter.”