PHOENIX, Arizona – State Representative Tim Dunn reiterated his strong support for Governor Ducey’s deployment of cargo shipping containers along several border gaps in the Yuma area, and he urged the Arizona Governor to continue the strategy despite demands from the Biden/Harris administration to remove containers that have been placed by the state to date.
“The Biden administration has made it clear that they have no interest in protecting America’s borders. The same goes for Democrats who control Congress. Border states and communities are left open and undefended against the relentless flow of illegal immigration, human trafficking, and dangerous narcotics because of the federal government’s refusal to secure the border. As a result, it’s up to Arizona to do everything possible to protect our communities. And we have.
“The Legislature appropriated more than $560 million for border security assistance in the recent state budget. And Governor Ducey has shown great leadership, installing barriers made of shipping containers to effectively close several border gaps in the Yuma area. These barriers have succeeded in stopping the illegal traffic and trespassing through produce fields which would damage land and threaten crops that Americans rely upon.
“Now, the Biden administration is demanding that Arizona remove those barriers. I don’t think we should, and I hope Governor Ducey holds fast. Moreover, I encourage the Governor to keep up the work he’s begun and close additional gaps where possible with the defensive placement of shipping containers or by other means appropriate to improve safety and security along the border.”
Dunn, whose community has been negatively impacted by the broken border, has been an outspoken critic of the failed open border policies the Biden/Harris administration. Earlier this year he sent a letter urging immediate federal action and resources to help border communities. The request was ignored, and the Yuma Sector continues to be overrun by illegal activity.
Tim Dunn is a Republican member of the Arizona House of Representatives serving Legislative District 13, which covers northern Yuma County and northwest Maricopa County. He chairs the House Land, Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee and is co-chair of the House Ad Hoc Committee on International Affairs. Follow him on Twitter at @TimDunn_AZ.