AZ Officials Suspect Foul Play After Temporary Border Barrier Found Toppled

Instead of waiting indefinitely for the Biden administration to patch holes in the U.S.-Mexico border wall, authorities in Arizona took matters into their own hands earlier this month.

Last week, officials approved a temporary fix that involved using shipping containers to fill in the gaps near Yuma. Earlier this week, Border Patrol agents at the location confirmed that some of the barrier had been toppled over.

While some insiders initially blamed the damage on weather, Republican Gov. Doug Ducey is not buying that excuse. Ducey spokesperson C.J. Karamargin explained why it was “unlikely” that even the harshest weather would have caused the massive containers to topple.

“These things weigh 8,800 pounds,” he said. “There were two of them together. 8,800 pounds is basically the weight of a Ford F-450. We have a lot of strong winds in Arizona. You don’t see a lot of Ford F-450s flying around when we have strong winds.”

Furthermore, the containers showed signs of serious damage, including punctures, scratches, and dents, which Karamargin determined was evidence that “some sort of equipment was used to move them,” adding that such damage “doesn’t happen with wind.”

Assuming that the barricade was intentionally knocked down, the governor’s spokesman said that this incident disproves the critics who said that the project was unnecessary.

“If this didn’t matter, if this barrier that we are erecting was irrelevant, or somehow misplaced, then why would someone make the effort to topple over nearly 18,000 pounds of shipping container?” he asked. “It doesn’t make sense on its face. It doesn’t make sense.”

He reiterated Ducey’s directive, saying that the “goal, of course, is to make Arizona communities safer,” explaining that the project “clearly struck a nerve.”

Republican Yuma Mayor Douglas Nicholls has also expressed support for Ducey’s decision to fill in the border wall gaps.

“This is part of the state’s reaction of waiting for a year and a half for the federal government to do something,” he said. “Because it is the federal government’s responsibility to control the border in whatever form and fashion that would be when you have ever-increasing numbers and record setting numbers and the federal government not really doing anything to prevent it.”