Two federal lawsuits filed over former Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey's decision to place thousands of shipping containers along the U.S.-Mexico border have been dismissed after the state said it would pay the U.S. Forest Service $2.1 million to repair environmental damage.
Some of the shipping containers that once stood at the Arizona border with Mexico to keep people out are now being converted into tiny homes to house youth while transitioning out of the foster care program.
Trump and his supporters have argued that a strong physical barrier along the border is necessary to keep out drugs and people trying to enter the U.S. illegally.
The federal government is ready to drop a lawsuit against Arizona over storage containers that were put up last year at the U.S.-Mexico border.
The Arizona Dept. of Administration says the 20- and 40-foot containers range in price from $500 to $2,000. They have some wear and tear, but are otherwise "very functional," officials said.
A heartbreaking scene was captured of a person appearing to drop a child over the Mexico-California border.
Brian Kolfage was sentenced Wednesday for defrauding donors to the We Build the Wall effort.
U.S. authorities stopped migrants 251,487 times along the Mexican border in December.
In Yuma, all 130 of the shipping containers covering about 3,800 feet of the border were removed by Tuesday.
The Biden administration has yet to lay out any systemic changes to manage an expected surge of migrants should the restrictions end.
In his last act in office, former Arizona Governor Doug Ducey started removing the shipping containers he began placing months ago along the Arizona-Mexico border. We have the latest on the removal project and what Gov. Katie Hobbs has to say.
Arizona officials have agreed to remove containers installed along parts of the U.S. border with Mexico, as part of an agreement with the U.S. government.
The Supreme Court is temporarily blocking an order that would lift pandemic-era restrictions on asylum seekers.
Ducey told U.S. officials that Arizona stands ready to help remove the containers, which he says were placed as a temporary barrier. But he wants the U.S. government to say when it will fill any remaining gaps in the permanent border wall as it announced it would a year ago.
Until protesters slowed, then largely halted the work in recent days, Ducey pressed forward over the objections of the U.S. government, environmentalists and an incoming governor who has called it a poor use of resources.
Sheriff David Hathaway says he plans to arrest construction crews and security personnel if they reach Santa Cruz County, calling the makeshift barrier "illegal dumping."
Governor Doug Ducey said in a news release that "the lack of planning and action from the Biden administration demonstrates that border states like Arizona cannot rely on the federal government to ensure its security."
The Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs dug in its heels in a letter to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, saying "the containers will remain in place until specific details regarding construction are provided." It was signed by Allen Clark, the department’s director.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey ordered the installation of more than 100 double-stacked containers that were placed over the summer, saying he couldn’t wait for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection to award the contracts it had announced for work to fill the gaps in the border wall in the border area.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey last month issued an executive order to fill gaps in the border wall in Yuma with shipping containers topped with razor wire, saying that the state "can’t wait any longer."