Fox News reports that the administration of President Joe Biden has just brought a lawsuit against Arizona regarding the state’s erection of a makeshift border wall.
The lawsuit has been filed by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) against Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) at the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. The filing can be found here.
With Biden and his administration at the helm, illegal immigration has been taking place at the U.S.-Mexico board in record-setting numbers.
In Fiscal Year 2022, Fox reports that there were over 2.3 million illegal alien encounters. This includes several months that saw in excess of 200,000 such encounters.
One of the border states that has been hurt the most by this illegal immigration is Arizona. And, because the federal government, under Biden’s leadership, isn’t addressing the problem, Arizona has taken matters into its own hands.
In August, Ducey signed an executive order requiring Arizona’s Department of Emergency and Military Affairs to fill in gaps in the existing border wall. This is what has happened. Arizona filled in the gaps – located between Mexico and Yuma County – using old shipping containers topped with razor wire.
The construction consisted of 60 double-stacked shipping containers, welded shut and topped with four feet of razor wire. His office said that it is 22 feet tall and weighs nearly 9,000 lbs.
This makeshift wall is what the Biden administration is taking issue with in the lawsuit.
“Arizona has unlawfully and without authority failed to remove the shipping containers from lands owned by the United States or over which the United States holds easements, thereby damaging the United States,” the lawsuit reads.
The DOJ argues that the makeshift wall “damage[s] federal lands, threaten[s] public safety, and impede[s] the ability of federal agencies and officials, including law enforcement personnel, to perform their official duties.”
Now, the Biden administration is looking for “immediate injunctive relief,” stopping Ducey from continuing with the construction of the makeshift wall.
Ducey responded to the lawsuit with a letter stating that Arizona “stands ready to cooperate with the federal government on construction of a border wall and always has been.”
“Arizona’s border barrier was always intended to be a temporary solution until the federal government erects a permanent solution,” the letter reads.
It’s unclear how this lawsuit is going to play out. Biden is going to get his wish soon enough as Katie Hobbs (D) is the incoming governor of Arizona, and she has vowed to stop the construction of the wall. So, it seems that the Biden administration, with the lawsuit, is trying to stall until Hobbs takes over.