The Biden administration reveals once again it has no idea whom it is supposed to serve.
Arizona is so overrun with illegal immigrants from Mexico that Republican Gov. Doug Ducey sought to fill gaps in the border fence by using shipping containers. CNN reported this week that Ducey used at least 130 containers, stacked two high and topped with razor wire, to erect a barrier in four gaps near the city of Yuma.
Ducey plans to open another phase of the container blockade in another county in the coming days.
Yet the Biden administration is telling Ducey to remove the barriers.
Because he’s “trespassing.”
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In a letter to the state, Jacklynn Gould, regional director of the Bureau of Reclamation, within the Department of the Interior, wrote, “The unauthorized placement of those containers constitutes a violation of federal law and is a trespass against the United States. That trespass is harming federal lands and resources and impeding Reclamation’s ability to perform its mission.”
Gould maintained that Ducey needed to get rid of the containers because the Biden administration intends to close the gaps that Ducey has blocked. Really.
“The Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has awarded a contract for closure of two gaps in the border barrier located on Reclamation lands near Morelos Dam and anticipates awarding an additional contract for the closure of two additional gaps in this area,” Gould wrote.
“To avoid interference with this federal agency contract, Reclamation requests [the state] cease further placement of shipping containers on federal or Indian trust lands. You are requested to work with Reclamation, in consultation with the Cocopah Indian Tribe, so that CBP’s project may proceed without unnecessary delay.”
Yuma Mayor Douglas Nicholls was unimpressed by this move, as with President Joe Biden’s handling of illegal immigration generally, by noting who the real trespassers are.
“They say this is federal land, and it is, but it would be trespassing supposedly to put these containers on there. Well, my contention is that 300,000 people that have come through this year alone, they’ve been trespassing, and I don’t remember seeing a letter going out to anybody to try to stop any of that,” Nicholls, a Republican, told Fox News.
“This is really about effective solutions in a timely manner. I understand the administration’s going to be doing some fencing. We’ve been waiting. In the interim, these containers are in place,” Nicholls added.
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CNN, which also reported on Gould’s letter, noted that Ducey started the container project in August and had erected 130 of them within 11 days.
“We managed to fill 3,800 feet of gap in Yuma in 11 days,” Ducey’s spokesman C.J. Karamargin told CNN. “It took these guys six weeks to write a letter. They don’t seem to have a sense of urgency about this.”
“None of this would be happening if the federal government took border security seriously. And clearly they are not,” Karamargin added.