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Arizona Governor Doug Ducey (R-AZ) has announced that the state has begun construction of a border wall to fill in various gaps near Yuma, Arizona to stop the two-decade-high immigration flows coming across the southern border.

In a call with reporters Friday, the governor’s office announced that border construction began that morning using 60 shipping containers that will be stacked on top of one another.

Each shipping container weighs around 8,800 pounds and it will cost the state around $6 million to complete the project by next week, according to The Washington Examiner.

“This is an easy solution that Washington, D.C., just continues to fail to act on,” said Tim Roemer, the director of the Arizona Department of Homeland Security. “We’re done waiting for them.”

State officials had not informed the Department of Homeland Security nor the White House about the surprise move: “Our hope is that they’ll be paying attention to the news today,” C.J. Karamargin, Ducey’s communications director, told reporters.

The Biden administration had announced that they would begin filling gaps along the southern border near Yuma, Arizona — after Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ) pressured the administration to do so late last month, with the Fall midterms approaching.

Kelly, who is up for reelection in November, previously voted against border wall initiatives three times in 2021. The Arizonian has recently reversed course, however, as migrant encounters have reached a two-decade high.


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statement released by the senator’s office stated: “After many months of pushing the Biden administration to close border barrier gaps near the Morelos Dam, today, Arizona Senator Mark Kelly announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has authorized Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to move forward with closing the gaps located near the Morelos Dam in the Yuma Sector.”

“For too long, the Morelos Dam area has been an operational challenge for Border Patrol agents to properly secure the border and keep our communities safe,” Kelly added. “This is a step forward and I’ll keep working to ensure that Arizona has the tools needed for a secure and orderly process at the border including fencing and barriers where they make sense.”

The administration, however, was only going to award a construction contract for the project in September which proved to be too long for the Arizona governor.

“At this point, we are filling that gap and we’ll figure out the consequences. But bottom line is, is that the federal government has a duty to protect the states,” said Anni Foster, general counsel to Ducey. “They failed to do that. We have made every effort to work with them and try to resolve this problem, but the governor can no longer wait for the federal government to take action when we have a community like Yuma, who is being sheltered at 150% of capacity.”

“In December, the federal government announced that they were going to take steps to fill the gaps in the border wall. December came and went. January, February, March. Here we are in mid-August,” said Karamargin. “We’ve been waiting a very long time for the federal government to act on measures they said they were going to do and we haven’t seen any tangible evidence that they’re following through. So we will be doing it ourselves.”

As Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) sends migrants to Washington, D.C. and New York City as well as maintained Operation Lone Star, the deployment of Texas law enforcement and military personnel to the Rio Grande, other governors have also taken steps to secure the border.

With Gov. Ducey’s move to do what the federal government has failed to do, state governments are filling the void left by the failing Biden Administration and taking matters into their own hands. Americans are done waiting for Biden to take action and Republican governors are listening.

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