PHOENIX — The state of Arizona has sued the federal government for being able to keep more than 100 double-stacked shipping containers that Republican Gov. Doug Ducey placed to fill gaps along the US-Mexico border near the desert community from southwestern Yuma.
The lawsuit filed Friday in federal court in Arizona asks that the state be allowed to take unilateral action it deems necessary to defend its residents against migrants who cross the border illegally.
Ducey complains that the US government is not doing enough to stop migrants from coming to Arizona, forcing the state to take action. Shipping containers increased in August.
The US Bureau of Reclamation sent a letter last week asking Arizona to remove the containers, saying they were unauthorized and violated US law. Arizona refused.
The Cocopah Indian Tribe in southwestern Arizona also complained that some of the containers were placed on their reservation without permission.
The Bureau of Reclamation also demanded that no new containers be placed, saying it hoped to avoid conflicts with federal construction contracts to fill gaps in the wall near Morelos Dam in the Yuma, Arizona area. .
The border wall promoted by former President Donald Trump remains a major issue for Republican politicians hoping to show support for border security.
Migrants continued to avoid the barriers recently erected by bypassing them, in particular through the Cocopah reserve.