Ducey issues executive order, will use state money to fill border wall gaps near Yuma

Construction on the 1,000 feet of gapswill be funded with $6 million from the fiscal year 2023 state budget.

BY DANNY SHAPIRO | KTAR.com

 Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey issued an executive order Friday to fill out nearly a quarter-mile of gaps in the border wall on federal land near Yuma.

Construction on the 1,000 feet of gaps began at 9 a.m. and will be funded with $6 million from the fiscal year 2023 state budget.

Ducey’s office attributed the move in part to the Biden administration’s decision on Tuesday to end the “Remain in Mexico” policy, the Trump-era action requiring asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico for hearings in U.S. immigration court.

“Arizona has had enough,” Ducey said in a press release. “We can’t wait any longer. The Biden administration’s lack of urgency on border security is a dereliction of duty.”

The gaps is expected to be filled within days, according to the governor’s office. An additional 2,000 feet of gaps could be finished within the next two weeks through more executive orders, Ducey’s office added.

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