Arizona governor completes border wall sections, illegal crossings drop

Turns out, walls at the border do, in fact, mitigate the number of people and drugs that come across the southern U.S. border.

According to the Washington Examiner, that was evidenced, again, in Arizona after authorities reported a noticeable decrease in drug smuggling, human trafficking, and migrant crossings at a once-popular crossing point near Yuma. 

It was thanks to Gov. Doug Ducey’s (R) efforts to complete a border wall at the Yuma border constructed out of empty shipping containers — a resource not in short supply, unlike raw steel and other construction components.

The shipping container walls were used to fill in five gaps that were leftover from when Donald Trump was in office and pursuing new border wall construction, only to later have it halted by Dems.

“Definitely” a reduction

Jonathan Lines, Yuma County supervisor, recently wrote about the effectiveness of the shipping container walls on the border.

“We are definitely seeing a reduction in the areas where the wall has been closed up,” Lines told the Examiner.

He added:  “One of the enclosures just down from the dam is where the five-year-old drowned in July. It is having the impact that we desired.”

“While I was there yesterday there were only two people who tried to cross in that area and then they realized there was no access,” Lines continued.

He went on to say that thanks to the new wall additions, Border Patrol agents are now able to dedicate their limited human resources to staffing entry points that need the most help.

How’d they do it?

According to the Examiner, a construction crew consisting of nearly 50 workers spent some 11 days “installing 130 shipping containers in double layers along 3,820 feet of the border.”

The shipping containers, which are roughly 60 feet long and 9 feet tall, are also topped with razor-sharp concertina wire for added deterrence.

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