As the crisis at the southern border continues to rage, there is a real sense that the Democratic Party isn’t at all concerned. After all, it took “border czar” Kamala Harris 90 whole days to actually visit the border after her appointment to the role.
And now, somewhat laughably, President Joe Biden is demanding that Arizona remove portions of a barrier designed to encourage migrants to enter the United States through the naturalization process.
The Copper State isn’t having it.
Arizona is balking at a White House demand to remove shipping containers the state’s Republican governor ordered double-stacked along the Mexico border because they were not cleared for use on federal land.
The US Bureau of Reclamation informed state officials last week that using the containers to plug gaps in the border wall near Yuma violates federal law — the latest dispute between the Biden White House and Republican-led border states over the ongoing migration crisis.
Gov. Doug Ducey, expressing frustration at President Biden’s failure to address immigration, ordered the building of a border wall by stacking more than 100 22-feet-high shipping containers on top of one another earlier this summer.
The retorts came swiftly.
Responding to the Bureau of Reclamation, Arizona’s Department of Emergency and Military Affairs fired back with its own letter on Tuesday.
“The containers will remain in place until specific details regarding construction are provided,” the letter says.
A spokesperson for Ducey said the governor is weighing a separate response, but questioned the federal government’s sense of urgency in dealing with the situation.
“It took the feds since August to write a letter?” Ducey Communications Director C.J. Karamargin told the Washington Examiner on Tuesday. ”If this is any indication of their sense of urgency, then perhaps that explains the problem we’re having.”
Immigration has become a hotly debated topic between Democrats and Republicans of late, particularly in the wake of several high profile migrant relocation operations in the Northeast.