Governor Doug Ducey announced on Aug. 24 that 3,820 feet border wall near Yuma, Arizona has now been closed. This was done with a barrier of double-stacked and secured shipping containers.
In addition, Ducey tweeted on Aug. 25 that the gaps in the Yuma border area now closed will fight back against cartels.
"Cartels have been taking advantage of the gaps in the border wall to surge migrants and overwhelm law enforcement. To that, Arizona said, no more."
In addition, he posted the following pictures.
This showed the mayor of Yuma surveying the new construction. In addition, the following two pictures were tweeted by Ducey.
The Governor also tweeted a picture from ABC15.com that accompanied their story that the gaps in the border wall have been filled.
In another tweet, the Governor said this:
"11 football fields worth of previously open border with Mexico are SECURED."
In addition, he posted a picture from thecentersquare.com showing a series of containers at the border.
In his recent press release, Governor Ducey described the accomplishment.
“Five wide open gaps in the border wall near Yuma neighborhoods and businesses are now closed off. In just 11 days, Arizona did the job the federal government has failed to do — and we showed them just how quickly and efficiently the border can be made more secure – if you want to.”
The press release also said that the first 842-foot gap took 44 containers and four days to fill. The second took eight containers to fill 130 feet in half a day. Another four containers filled the third 75-foot gap, which took half a day. It took four days to fill a 1,200-foot gap with 60 containers. The last gap was 250 feet and was filled with 14 containers over three days.
Governor Ducey did not comment on the final cost. In his original executive order press release on Aug. 13, the Governor said the cost would be $6 million. The Aug. 24 press release said that 48 workers from contractor Ashbritt installed the 8,800-pound shipping containers and 4,500 feet of concertina wire.
Yuma Mayor Douglas Nicholls also commented on the accomplishment.
“By closing the border wall gaps, Governor Ducey is helping to protect our city from the dangerous drugs and bad actors that come through on a daily basis. Yuma is grateful for the effective process of getting these containers in place quickly and secured. Governor Ducey showed the nation how to secure the border and keep illegal activity at the border at bay.”
Tim Roemer, Arizona Department of Homeland Security Director and the state’s Chief Information Security Officer commented on the progress as well:
“The cartels have been taking advantage of the gaps in the border wall to surge migrants and overwhelm law enforcement. In 11 days, Arizona has regained more operational control at the US Mexico border, than Biden has in 20 months. Governor Ducey has shown great leadership in how to effectively and efficiently secure the border.”
These comments from Governor Ducey and other officials show that Arizona is serious about securing its border.
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