PHOENIX (AP) – An effort by Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey to use shipping containers to close a 1,000-foot gap in the U.S.-Mexico border wall near Yuma suffered a brief setback when two stacks The finished containers fell somehow.
Claudia Ramos, a correspondent for the digital platform of Univision Noticias in Arizona, posted on her Twitter a picture she took of the containers on Monday morning. He said they fell on the American side of the border.
No witnesses came forward to tell what happened on Sunday night.
Ramos said contractors in the area told him they believed the containers were blown down by strong monsoon winds.
But Ducey’s spokesman CJ Karamargin said he doubts that assumption, adding that even though the containers are empty they weigh thousands of pounds.
“It’s unlikely that it was a weather event,” Carmargin said, suggesting that someone opposing the wall was to blame.
The stacked pair of containers were fixed by Monday morning.
“Clearly we hit a nerve. They don’t like what we’re doing and they don’t want to keep the border open,” the spokesman said.
Officials in Ducey’s office say they were working to curb immigration after repeated, unfulfilled promises by the Biden administration to close the loophole.
Federal officials have not commented on the state’s actions, which come on federal land without express permission. State contractors began moving and stacking 60-foot-long (18.2-meter-long) by 9-foot-long (2.7-meter-long) shipping containers early Friday. Two other 1,000-foot (305 m) gaps will also be closed. Containers shall be topped with 4 feet (1.2 m) of razor wire.
Carmargin said the border patrol notified the governor’s office around midnight that the containers had been dropped.
“They weren’t safe yet,” he said. “This was before the containers were secured on the ground. They would be bolted later and they would be immovable.