ARIZONA NEWS

Katie Hobbs says container wall at border gaps not best use of Arizona resources

Sep 29, 2022, 9:00 AM | Updated: 12:33 pm

PHOENIX – Democratic candidate for Arizona governor Katie Hobbs said state resources at the southern border would be better used on measures that weren’t “political stunts,” referring to shipping containers put in place at wall gaps.

“I want to use our state’s resources not for things that are political stunts but that will actually solve the problems,” Hobbs said in an interview that aired Sunday on AZTV7.

“I am very concerned about the liability to the state of Arizona for those shipping containers that they’re putting on federal land. There’s pictures of people climbing on top of them. I think that’s a huge liability and risk.”

Gov. Doug Ducey issued an executive order Aug. 12 to double-stack the containers to fill border gaps near Yuma. Construction on the 1,000 feet of gaps was funded with $6 million from the fiscal year 2023 state budget.

Ducey said the state couldn’t wait any longer on solutions from the Biden administration, which had previously approved filling the gaps but hadn’t yet acted.

“I don’t think setting up an adversarial relationship, whether you like the president or not, is helpful to actually addressing the needs of Arizonans,” Hobbs said.

Hobbs added working together was required to get necessary resources. She said she’s spoken with local law enforcement leaders in border communities about their needs.

“They want more intelligence, they want support in terms of technology and staff so that they can keep their community safe,” she said.

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Photo)...
KTAR.com

Mesa Fry’s employee accused of stabbing coworker after feeling ‘disrespected’

A man was arrested in Mesa after he allegedly stabbed a grocery store coworker because he felt disrespected by him last month, authorities said.
6 hours ago
(Luke Forstner/KTAR News)...
Luke Forstner

Growing Asian District in Mesa budding with enthusiasm for restaurants, shops, diversity

The Asian District in Mesa has come to life with in recent years due to enthusiasm for its offerings, which include restaurants, a grocer and other shops.
6 hours ago
(Butterfly Wonderland Facebook Photo/Getty Images)...
KTAR.com

Weekend guide: Here are the biggest events around metro Phoenix for Dec. 2-4

PHOENIX — Holiday light displays, The Nutcracker and the Phoenix Zoo Lights are just a few things to do this weekend in the Valley. Here are some of the biggest events around the metro Phoenix area. Phoenix Phoenix Suns vs. Houston Rockets Day: Friday Time: 6:30 p.m. Venue: Footprint Center (201 E. Jefferson St.) 2nd […]
6 hours ago
(The Global Ambassador Photo)...
Kevin Stone

Mediterranean rooftop restaurant coming to Phoenix’s Global Ambassador hotel

Sam Fox announced that Theà Mediterranean Rooftop will be one of five original restaurants at his first hotel project, The Global Ambassador.
6 hours ago
(Flickr Photo/ADOT)...
KTAR.com

No closures scheduled on metro Phoenix freeways for second consecutive weekend

Metro Phoenix drivers won't have to worry about closures on freeways for a second straight weekend.
6 hours ago
FILE - A large homeless encampment is shown in Phoenix, Aug. 5, 2020. On Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022, ...
Associated Press

ACLU sues city of Phoenix to stop sweeps of homeless camp

PHOENIX (AP) — The ACLU of Arizona says it is suing the city of Phoenix in order to block resumed sweeps of a huge homeless encampment downtown that they say has displaced people and destroyed identification documents, prescription medications and other belongings. The ACLU says it filed the complaint late Wednesday in the U.S. District […]
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

(Desert Institute for Spine Care photo)...
DESERT INSTITUTE FOR SPINE CARE

Why DISC is world renowned for back and neck pain treatments

Fifty percent of Americans and 90% of people at least 50 years old have some level of degenerative disc disease.
(Photo via MLB's Arizona Fall League / Twitter)...
Arizona Fall League

Top prospects to watch at this year’s Arizona Fall League

One of the most exciting elements of the MLB offseason is the Arizona Fall League, which began its 30th season Monday.
...
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Ways to prevent clogged drains and what to do if you’re too late

While there are a variety of ways to prevent clogged drains, it's equally as important to know what to do when you're already too late.
Katie Hobbs says container wall at border gaps not best use of Arizona resources