PHOENIX (HPD) — The state of Arizona is suing the federal government to keep more than 100 shipping containers that Republican Gov. Doug Ducey had stacked two by two to fill holes in the U.S. border wall. States and Mexico, near the southwestern community of Yuma.
The lawsuit filed Friday in Arizona federal court asks that the state be allowed to take whatever unilateral action it deems necessary to defend its residents from migrants who cross the border illegally.
Ducey complains that the US government is not doing enough to stop migrants from reaching Arizona, forcing the state to take action. The containers were installed in August.
The US Department of the Interior’s Office of Reclamation sent a letter last week asking Arizona to remove the containers, saying they were unauthorized and violated US law. Arizona refused to comply with the request.
The Cocopah Indian Tribe in southwestern Arizona also complained that some of the containers had been placed on their reservation without permission.
The Bureau of Reclamation demanded that no new containers be placed, saying it hoped to avoid conflicts through federal construction contracts to fill in gaps in the wall near the Morelos Dam in the Yuma, Arizona area.
The border wall promoted by former President Donald Trump remains a significant issue for Republican politicians who want to show their support for security.
Migrants have continued to avoid recently erected barriers by surrounding them, including through the Cocopah reserve.