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Biden Admin Sues Arizona For Shipping Container Border Wall

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Amid a record-breaking border crisis resulting from President Biden’s inability to secure the border, the Biden administration has filed a lawsuit against Arizona Governor Doug Ducey (R) and his administration over Ducey’s decision to use shipping containers to build a wall along the state’s border with Mexico.

The lawsuit comes as the illegal immigration crisis at the southern border continues to worsen, with border agents encountering a record 2,378,944 migrants attempting to illegally cross the U.S. border with Mexico in fiscal year 2022 – dwarfing the previous record set in 2021 of 1,734,686 migrant encounters.

“Arizona has installed and is installing shipping containers along the Arizona-Mexico border on lands owned by the United States without obtaining the required federal permits or other authorization,” the lawsuit argues. “Arizona is in trespass on these lands in violation of applicable statutes and regulations.”

“Arizona has unlawfully and without authority failed to remove the shipping containers from lands owned by the United States or over which the United States holds easements, thereby damaging the United States,” the lawsuit claims. “The United States is entitled to an order of ejectment, removing Arizona and its property from the lands owned by the United States or over which the United States holds easements upon which Arizona has installed shipping containers.”

“The United States is entitled to injunctive relief prohibiting Arizona’s continuing trespasses; prohibiting any future trespasses and ongoing installation activities; requiring immediate removal of the shipping containers, under the federal agencies’ direction to minimize further harms to the United States; and requiring remediation of the harm caused by their installation,” it adds. “The United States is entitled to an award of damages resulting from Arizona’s trespasses.”

In August, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey announced that his state would be attempting to strengthen border security by filling in gaps in the wall along part of Arizona’s border with Mexico using shipping containers.

“The thousand-foot gap in the border wall near Yuma is closed,” Ducey wrote on Twitter.

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