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Federal officials claim shipping containers at Arizona border violate the law

Oct 16, 2022, 2:00 PM | Updated: Oct 17, 2022, 11:13 am
(AP Photo/Gregory Bull)...
(AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

(AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

PHOENIX — Federal officials said Friday that Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s placement of shipping containers at the Arizona-Mexico border wall in Yuma violates the law.

In a letter sent by the Bureau of Reclamation, officials stated the containers used in place as a barrier are also considered trespassing against the United States.

It further adds that the shipping containers harm federal lands and resources, and impedes the ability to close the gaps at the border.

The containers are on the bureau’s land near Morelos Dam and on the exterior boundaries of the Cocopah Indian Tribe’s West Reservation.

Ducey went forward to close the 1,000-foot gap in early August, with officials saying it was to deter migrants from crossing.

The move came despite pledges from the Biden Administration in July to finish construction of the wall near Yuma.

The governor’s project costs an estimated $6 million.

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Federal officials claim shipping containers at Arizona border violate the law