Arizona | The containment wall alongside the Mexican border was eliminated

(Hereford) On a dusty street in Arizona, a van accelerates and carries a big steel field. A wall of containers alongside the border between the USA and Mexico, put in just a few months in the past at a value of hundreds of thousands of {dollars}, was eliminated this weekend.

A couple of months earlier than his mandate ended, the Republican governor of Arizona, within the southwestern United States, ordered a large container ship to be positioned on the border with Mexico to discourage unlawful immigration.

However after being sued by the federal authorities for putting the containers on federal land within the Coronado Nationwide Forest, Gov. Greg Ducey, changed by Democrat Katie Hobbs, agreed in December to take away them.

Photograph by Robin Beck, Agence France-Presse

“I can’t consider Governor Ducey thought this was a good suggestion,” Debbie McGuire, a former Arizona resident who got here to witness the removals, instructed AFP.

“It’s completely ridiculous to place containers that may by no means maintain individuals out,” he stated. “It’s ridiculous and a whole waste of taxpayers’ cash.”

Development of the container wall started in mid-2022 and shortly confronted a strong slingshot. Its critics consider the council is nothing greater than a cynical political maneuver that harms the surroundings and has no impression on the variety of unlawful border crossings.

Steep terrain

They are saying the almost seven-kilometer-long containment wall on federal lands encroaches on an vital environmental conservation space.

Photograph by Robin Beck, Agence France-Presse

The reduction there may be so steep that, in response to them, migrant smugglers don’t actually use the world.

In observe, the containers weren’t sufficient to stop migrants from crossing them: their inflexible kind, they weren’t at all times aligned with the terrain, leaving gaps between the packing containers.

“It’s a travesty and a waste of public cash,” stated Phil Wilson, a resident of a neighboring city who got here to look at the elimination of the container wall on Friday.

The septuagenarian condemns “a political technique”.

Arizona shares about 600 kilometers of border with Mexico, passing by protected areas, nationwide parks, navy zones and Native American reservations.

Unlawful immigrants from South and Central American international locations have been a recurring theme in Republican assaults on Joe Biden, who has pledged to instantly improve deportations.

Greater than 230,000 arrests have been nonetheless recorded alongside the US southern border in November, a document excessive.

Till Donald Trump — who campaigned on the slogan “Let’s construct a wall” — got here to the White Home in 2017, there wasn’t truly a bodily barrier between Arizona and Mexico.

Now, massive elements of the border have a rising section in locations as much as 9 meters excessive.

Within the Coronado Nationwide Forest, accessible solely by small filth roads, earlier than the arrival of the containers the border was restricted solely by a barbed wire fence.