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Mon Nov 28, 2022, 11:35 PM Nov 2022

Arizona Daily Star: "Feds: Arizona border containers 'unlawful'" [View all]


unfortunately paywalled.

PHOENIX — A lawsuit by Gov. Doug Ducey seeking control of land along the border to place shipping containers is “flawed on so many fronts” that it should not be allowed to proceed, lawyers for the federal government say.

Put another way, he said the land at issue — land the United States acquired from Mexico through the Treaty of Guadalupe and, later, the Gadsden Purchase — could not possibly belong to the state because the state did not exist. And Smith said acknowledgment of that federal ownership was a condition on Arizona being accepted into the Union.

All this comes because of Ducey’s highly publicized decision to place a double-high stack of storage containers along the border.

It started in August with the governor ordering his Department of Emergency and Military Affairs to build nearly 3,820 feet of containers near Yuma on land controlled by the Bureau of Reclamation. Then he directed the agency to begin construction of another 10 miles of containers on Forest Service land in Cochise County.


The article includes a disgusting video showing an aerial view of the destruction adjacent to Coronado National Memorial.

I've been looking for any statement from Katie Hobbs as to what she's going to do about this once she assumes office in January, but haven't seen anything at all specific.

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