Arizona Governor Issues Executive Order To Fill In Gaps In Border Wall

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As the border crisis continues, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has issued an Executive Order to immediately fill the gaps in the Yuma border wall.

“Arizona has had enough,” Ducey said. “We can’t wait any longer. The Biden administration’s lack of urgency on border security is a dereliction of duty. For the last two years, Arizona has made every attempt to work with Washington to address the crisis on our border. Time and time again we’ve stepped in to clean up their mess. Arizonans can’t wait any longer for the federal government to deliver on their delayed promises.”

“Our border communities are being used as the entryway to the United States, overwhelming law enforcement, hospitals, nonprofits and residents,” Ducey added. “It’s our responsibility to protect our citizens and law enforcement from this unprecedented crisis. With the resources and manpower in the right places, our Border Patrol and law enforcement will be better equipped to do their jobs well and prevent cartels from exploiting our communities. That’s exactly what our barrier mission will do.”

According to a press release from Ducey’s office, the state will be “Fortifying the border will be 60 double-stacked shipping containers, reinforced with concertina wire at the top.”

“The shipping containers will reach about 22-feet high. The state-owned, 8,800-pound, 9-by-40-feet containers will be linked together and welded shut. The panels of the border wall constructed during the Trump administration are 30-feet high,” the press release added. “Construction began Friday morning on the thousand-foot gap in the border wall near Yuma, Arizona. Emergency management contractor Ashbritt is constructing the barriers. The 25-person team includes heavy equipment operators, operation supervisors and a safety manager. The project will be completed over the weekend.”

The news comes just days after the Biden administration lifted the Remain in Mexico policy. The move was the latest in a series of border decisions that further incentivize illegal immigration amid an already record-breaking illegal immigration crisis at the border.

As of June 2022, the number of migrants attempting to illegally cross the southern border in fiscal year 2022 had already outpaced fiscal year 2021 – which itself was already a record high.

“CBP announces 207,416 migrant encounters at the border in June, down from the record high of 239,000 in May, but the fourth month in a row of more than 200,000. There were 15,272 unaccompanied children in June, an increase over May (14,678). 6 terror watchlist hits in June,” Fox News correspondent Bill Melugin wrote on Twitter.

“There have now been 1,746,119 encounters at the southern border in FY’22, already eclipsing the record setting 1,734,686 set in all of FY’21 and there are still 3 months left in FY’22. This year is on pace to absolutely shatter last year’s record and push over 2 million,” Melugin added.