Arizona officials suspect foul play was involved when a portion of the state’s new border wall was damaged.
Earlier this week, part of the the temporary barrier being constructed to fill in gaps in the U.S.-Mexico border was found fallen over and damaged. Construction workers initially pinned the blame on powerful winds the night before, but state officials now say it’s more likely that the wall was intentionally damaged.
In an interview, C.J. Karamargin, the communications director for Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, said that Arizona sees powerful winds frequently and that the “weather-related event” explanation seemed “unlikely” to him.
“The idea that it was a weather-related event seems unlikely,” Karamargin said. “These things weigh 8,800 pounds. 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.”
The Governor’s office says they believe this was done by humans, not weather. They said their best guess is cartels. It has been put back up and welded and bolted down. https://t.co/FwUmLc4os0
— Steve Zinsmeister (@Steve_Zins) August 16, 2022
The state began construction on the border wall project last week, when Ducey announced that his state wouldn’t wait on the Biden administration to act any longer. In just over a week, workers have already filled in several gaps in the existing wall along the southern border, including one that was a thousand feet long.
The state is constructing the temporary barrier by stacking massive shipping containers on top of each other and welding them together.
While some have tried to paint the project as a “pointless effort,” Karamargin said the fact that the wall was intentionally damaged means state officials “clearly struck a nerve” in some way.
“Some people attempted to dismiss this as a pointless effort because this is not the main route through which people enter the United States,” Karamargin said. “If this didn’t matter, if this barrier that we are erecting was irrelevant, then why would someone make the effort to topple over nearly 18,000 pounds of shipping container?”
“It just doesn’t make sense on its face,” he added. “Our goal, of course, is to make Arizona communities safer. We clearly struck a nerve.”