Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said a makeshift border wall was knocked down by criminals just a day after it was erected.
Last week Ducey had ordered 60 double-stacked shipping containers with barbed wire to complete the border wall in Yuma to stop migrants getting through, but two containers were blown aside by Monday.
Although the containers were reported to have been toppled by high winds, CJ Karamargin, a spokesman for Ducey, has refuted the theory, the Washington Examiner reported.
“The notion that this is a weather-related event seems unlikely,” Karamargin said. “Trying to slow us down late Sunday when these containers were knocked over or stopped will not deter us.”
The frustration in Arizona comes as Mexican authorities stopped an 18-wheeler from smuggling 150 migrants smoldering inside the truck before getting into Texas.
A makeshift border wall along Yuma, Arizona, was toppled Sunday night as Gov. Doug Ducey reportedly blamed criminals for the incident
Ducey had ordered 60 shipping containers to be used as walls along the area, which has seen a surge in illegal immigration as migrants breached gaps in existing fences
Arizona had moved to build the barrier despite the Biden administration promising to help fill the fences. Ducey said the state could not wait any longer
The trouble in Arizona comes when Mexican and Border Patrol agents stopped a truck carrying 150 migrants before entering Texas
Ducey said he was fed up with illegal immigration when he built the temporary wall in Yuma.
“Arizona has had enough,” Ducey said in a tweet discussing the plan and condemning President Joe Biden.
“We can not wait anymore. The Biden administration’s lack of urgency on border security is a dereliction of duty.
The Yuma sector of the border, 126 miles long, has seen a nearly 300 percent increase in “border encounters” — migrants detained by Customs and Border Protection officers — this year compared to the same period in 2021.
The Biden administration announced late last month that it had approved the completion of the Trump-funded US-Mexico border wall near Yuma.
Biden had promised during his campaign to halt construction of any future walls, but the administration later agreed to some obstacles, citing safety.
Karamargin told the Examiner the state has pledged to maintain the makeshift border wall to prevent illegal immigration into the state.
He also claimed that the wall was intentionally torn down by critics, not the weather.
“Some people tried to dismiss this as a pointless effort because it’s not the main route people use to enter the United States,” Karamargin said. “If that didn’t matter, if this barrier we’re putting up was irrelevant or somehow out of place, why would anyone bother knocking over almost 18,000 pounds of shipping containers?
“It just doesn’t make sense at first glance. It makes no sense.
“Our goal, of course, is to make Arizona communities safer. We definitely hit a nerve.”
The move from Arizona takes place on federal land without express permission, with state contractors moving 60-foot-long shipping containers and stacking two of the 9-foot-tall containers on top of each other.
“The Biden administration’s lack of urgency on border security is a dereliction of duty,” Ducey said as he gave state construction workers the go-ahead to build a temporary border wall
Pictured: Arizona construction crews build the border last Friday. The project was completed on Sunday, and workers discovered the fallen containers the next morning
Tension in Arizona comes as Mexican law enforcement, aided by agents from the Del Rio Sector of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, stopped the truck along the 245-mile road that stretched across the Rio Grande and Lake Amistad, Fox reported News.
A photo from the stop showed the horrific image of the 150 migrants crammed into the vehicle, many with their shirts off, as the weather peaked at 96 degrees on Thursday.
All people are believed to have survived the incident, recalling that in June, San Antonio police encountered a truck carrying migrants that had a broken air conditioner, resulting in the deaths of 53 people, including minors.
First responders said many of the victims suffered from heat exhaustion and dehydration, and it was the deadliest human smuggling incident in US history.
Earlier this week, the CBP announced that there were 199,976 encounters with migrants in July, for a total of nearly 2 million encounters that year.
Pictured: The truck caught smuggling 150 migrants en route to Mexico on Thursday
The incident was reminiscent of that in June, in which 53 migrants, including five minors, died when they were discovered inside a muggy truck in San Antonio
Arizona has sent two to three buses carrying asylum seekers from Yuma to Washington in the past three months to make a political statement as the number of migrants arriving was overwhelming local resources.
Ducey began the program in May and said all bus travelers are voluntarily going to the capital with intended final destinations in East Coast cities.
Texas also buses migrants east, and the mayors of New York and Washington last month asked for federal help to deal with the influx.
Her request drew a cheerful response from Republicans, who say the requests are proof the US is mired in an immigration crisis.
As of Aug. 11, the state of Arizona had sent 1,425 asylum seekers to Washington, according to the governor’s office.