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HomeBreaking NewsArizona Gov. Ducey agrees to dismantle makeshift border wall

Arizona Gov. Ducey agrees to dismantle makeshift border wall

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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has agreed to deconstruct the makeshift border wall his administration has been building out of shipping containers for several months.

Court records show the governor and federal officials reached an agreement to “remove all previously installed shipping containers and associated equipment, materials, vehicles, and other objects from the United States’ properties in the U.S. Border Patrol Yuma Sector, including from lands over which the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation holds an easement on the Cocopah Indian Tribe’s West Reservation.”

Last week, the Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Ducey, accusing him of illegally placing the containers on federal land.

“Not only has Arizona refused to halt its trespasses and remove the shipping containers from federal lands, but it has indicated that it will continue to trespass on federal lands and install additional shipping containers,” the DOJ said in a filing.

Since August, Ducey has spent $82 million in his efforts to fill gaps in the border barrier with containers. To date, he has covered approximately 1,800 feet — or 182 containers — in the Yuma, Arizona, region and about 3.5 miles in Cochise County with 982 containers, a spokesperson for the governor said.

Ducey, a Republican, agreed to remove the containers by Jan. 4, the court records show. Incoming Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs, a Democrat, will be sworn in on Jan. 5.

An aerial image shows a border wall constructed of shipping containers and topped with concertina wire built on federal land by Republican governor Doug Ducey, along the US-Mexico border in

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has agreed to deconstruct the makeshift border wall his administration has been building out of shipping containers for several months. "Not only has Arizona refused to halt its trespasses and remove the shipping containers from federal lands, but it has indicated that it will continue to trespass on federal lands and install additional shipping containers," the DOJ said in a filing. An aerial image shows a border wall constructed of shipping containers and topped with concertina wire built on federal land by Republican governor Doug Ducey, along the US-Mexico border in

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