Arizona begins closing gaps in border wall without federal permission

Arizona is moving forward to close gaps in its border wall without waiting for federal permission as it seeks to slow the surge of illegal migrants crossing the border.

Republican Gov. Doug Ducey signed an executive order on Friday to move forward on closing a 1,000-foot gap in the Yuma sector.

The governor’s statement

“Arizona has had enough,” Ducey said in a statement. “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.”

The legal battle

“At this point, we are filling that gap and we’ll figure out the consequences,” Ducey’s general counsel, Anni Foster, told reporters, according to the Washington Examiner.

“But bottom line is, is that the federal government has a duty to protect the states. 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.”

Ducey joins Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, who used shipping containers last year to block points along the Lone Star State’s border.

The move won’t stop all illegal immigration in the state, but it does target one of the top stops used for crossings in Arizona.

The new move also comes as Arizona seeks to choose its next governor in a hotly-contested battle in which the border will be a major issue.

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