Arizona to remove container wall

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Arizona will take down a makeshift wall made of shipping containers at the Mexico border, settling a lawsuit and political tussle with the US government over trespassing on federal lands. The Biden administration and the Republican governor entered into an agreement that Arizona will cease installing the containers in the Coronado National Forest — the only national forest along the border — according to court documents filed Wednesday in US District Court in Phoenix.  The 7km wall comprised of 915 containers must be removed by Jan. 4 without damaging any natural resources. The state’s Republican Governor Doug Ducey spent US$90 million of taxpayers’ money lining up rusting boxes in what he said was a bid to stem the flow of people crossing into the country.  The resolution comes two weeks before Democrat Katie Hobbs, who opposes the construction, takes over as governor.

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