Feds tell Arizona's Ducey remove rail containers that are makeshift border, say effort 'trespass'

"Arizona has had enough," Ducey said in August about gaps in the border wall. "We can't wait any longer.”

Updated: October 17, 2022 - 1:46pm

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The Biden administration is accusing the office of Arizona GOP Gov. Doug Ducey of trespassing for placing shipping containers along the state's border with Mexico.

Ducey's office was informed by the Interior Department in a letter on Friday, according to ADN America.

The letter was sent to the state's departments of Homeland Security and Emergency and Military Affairs.

"The unauthorized placement of those containers constitutes a violation of federal law and is a trespass against the United States,” the letter reads. "That trespass is harming federal lands and resources and impeding Reclamation’s ability to perform its mission."

The letter asks that the containers be removed and that no new ones be added. It also states some are on the edge of an American Indian reservation and that the federal government either has a contract to fill the gaps or plans to do so, and that the containers are in the way of those projects.

Ducey used an executive order in August to start putting the containers along the southwest U.S. border. 

There are now about 122 such containers along the border. 

"Arizona has had enough," Ducey said at the time, amid calls for the administration to stop the flow of illegal border crossings. "We can’t wait any longer.”

"For the last two years, Arizona has made every attempt to work with Washington to address the crisis on our border," the statement continued. "Time and time again we've stepped in to clean up their mess. Arizonans can’t wait any longer for the federal government to deliver on their delayed promises."

Ducey as of Monday afternoon had yet to respond the the administration's request.