PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Governor Doug Ducey demolishes a makeshift wall made of shipping containers on the Mexican border, sparking lawsuits and political battles with the U.S. government over trespassing on federal land. solve the
The Biden administration and Republican governors have reached an agreement that Arizona will stop placing containers in national forests, according to court documents filed Wednesday in the U.S. District Court in Phoenix.
The agreement also requires Arizona to remove containers already installed in the remote San Rafael Valley in southeastern Cochise County by January 4 without damaging natural resources. . State agencies should consult with representatives of the U.S. Forest Service.
Ducey has long argued that shipping containers are temporary fixtures. Even before the lawsuit, he wanted the federal government to say when it would close the remaining gaps in the permanent border wall, as announced a year ago.
“For more than a year, the federal government has touted efforts to resume construction of a permanent border barrier. ,” said Ducey spokesperson CJ Karamargin. “Better be late”
“We are still working out the final details regarding cost and launch date,” Karamargin told the Associated Press.
The resolution comes two weeks before anti-construction Democrat Katie Hobbs takes office as governor.
the federal government filed a lawsuit Last week, I spoke out against the Ducey government on behalf of the Bureau of Reclamation, the Ministry of Agriculture and the Forest Service.
The federal government “is obligated to open up timelines to Arizonans and all Americans,” Ducey wrote last week in response to news of the pending federal lawsuit.
The $95 million cost of deploying up to 3,000 containers was about a third of the way through, but the work was recently postponed by protesters concerned about its environmental impact.
Meanwhile, restrictions on asylum seekers wishing to enter the United States were set to expire The Biden administration has asked the court to lift Trump-era restrictions, but not before Christmas. It is not clear when a ruling on this issue will be handed down.