Arizona to remove shipping containers from Mexico border
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has agreed to stop installing shipping containers along his state’s border with Mexico.
According to a court filing, Arizona also agreed to remove those that have already been put in place to avoid a restraining order or preliminary injunction.
The agreement states Arizona will remove the boxes by January 4th to the extent feasible, and in a way that won’t damage federal lands or property. Governor Ducey’s administration installed more than three thousand containers, stacked two high with razor wire on top. That includes national forest and a section of property on an Indian reservation held by the Bureau of Reclamation.
The containers had already cost Arizona taxpayers at least six million dollars. The next step would have been a ten mile section with a $95 million dollar price tag. The money was coming out of the $335 million dollar Arizona Border Security Fund, which was approved by the state legislature.
A spokesperson for the Governor told Tucson.com that this is really a victory for Ducey, because the federal government has now agreed to fill in gaps in the border fence, which is what he wanted all along. Governor-elect Katie Hobbs, who takes office Jan. 2nd, said she would stop the shipping container wall project.