Arizona agrees to remove makeshift border wall in response to Biden admin. lawsuit

According to Fox News, Arizona has just agreed to take down the makeshift wall that it erected to stop illegal immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border. 

This comes after President Joe Biden’s U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Arizona regarding the makeshift wall.

Background

The U.S.-Mexico border has been anything other than secure under the administration of Biden.

During the 2022 Fiscal Year, U.S. Border Patrol had in excess of 2.3 million illegal alien encounters. This includes multiple months that saw over 200,000 of such encounters. And, it appears that illegal southern border immigration is continuing at this rate in the 2023 Fiscal Year.

Arizona is one of the border states that has been hit the hardest by this illegal immigration. And so, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) decided to try to take matters into his 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, specifically between Mexico and Yuma County.

According to Fox, “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.”

Biden’s lawsuit, and the resulting settlement

In mid-December, the DOJ filed a lawsuit against Arizona looking to force the state to take the makeshift border wall down.

The lawsuit claimed, “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 DOJ further argued 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, it appears that the Biden administration and Arizona have reached a settlement over the matter.

According to Fox:

The agreement stipulates that Arizona will remove all previously installed shipping containers and associated equipment, materials, vehicles and other objects in the U.S. Border Patrol Yuma Sector, without damaging U.S. natural resources. To do so, Arizona will work in conjunction with officials from the U.S. Forest Service and Customs and Border Protection.

What now?

It’s unclear whether any of this really makes that much of a difference. The fact of the matter Katie Hobbs (D) is about to replace Ducey, and Hobbs has already vowed to stop the construction of the makeshift wall.

So, Arizona will continue to be plagued by illegal immigration. And, residents ought to expect this to continue so long as the likes of Biden and Hobbs remain in power.

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