Defiant Arizona governor puts more shipping containers along Mexican border
Gov. Jan Brewer is facing criticism from immigration advocates and lawmakers for her plan to place more food, clothing, and other cargo in shipping containers along the U.S.-Mexico border. (Image: Twitter)
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[August, 4, 2006]
A new shipment of shipping containers has arrived in Tucson, Arizona, and the governor’s office has declared that it’s time to have the people pick up their packages — or at least to take them to the composting facility.
Gov. Jan Brewer announced Wednesday during a ceremony at the state warehouse that a 1,200-foot trailer holding 20 shipping containers has arrived.
“So we are now poised to make a commitment to the people of Arizona to begin building an immigration reform state,” Brewer said.
Brewer said she has already received support from Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin and from state Sen. Steve Yarbrough, R-Chandler.
“We’re doing this with the consent of the people in Arizona, and no other state has done this,” Brewer said. “It’s important that all of our communities agree with this.”
The governor added the action is “a significant step in building a more open and inclusive state where there is more confidence, security and stability.” The Arizona Republic reported the governor’s office is preparing to hire staff “to oversee the growing effort.”
The Arizona Republic reported that the containers’ arrival was delayed for about two weeks because of issues with the trailer’s brakes.
This comes as the border debate plays out on the nation’s stage. The Arizona House has passed a bill that would make it a state crime to intentionally break into the offices of federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and would also ban the building of new fences and hiring of new border agents.
However, the Arizona Senate would not allow the bill to be voted on, and the governor is urging people to turn in their guns and other weapons in defense of their borders.