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Arizona Governor Doug Ducey ordered Friday the immediate filling of nearly 400 meters of holes in the border fence in the Yuma area with containers following the decision of the Biden administration to end the Remain in Mexico policy.
Construction began last Friday and will be funded with $6 million from the state’s fiscal year 2023 budget.
Ducey blamed the move in part on the Biden administration’s decision to end the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program, also known as “Remain in Mexico”, established by then-President Donald Trump in 2019.
The Republican added that it is his responsibility to protect Arizona residents from an “unprecedented” crisis at the border.
The construction, which is managed by the Arizona Department of Military and Emergency Affairs, will use 60 containers that will be stacked on the border and reinforced with barbed wire on top.
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The stacked containers, which will be closed and welded together, will reach a height of 6.7 meters, a measurement that falls short of the border wall panels built during the Trump administration, which are 9.1 meters high.
The construction is the latest move by the Republican governor, who joined his Texas counterpart, Greg Abbott, in opposing Biden’s immigration policy.
Jonathan Lines, Yuma County Supervisor, joined the criticism against the White House. In a statement on the container wall, he said that national security begins with border security and that Biden’s border crisis is deteriorating daily while the White House remains silent.