The “wall” A border crossing built out of shipping containers to slow the passage of undocumented immigrants by former Republican Gov. Doug Ducey in Arizona, which was torn down in December under pressure from the Biden administration, has so far cost Arizonans more than $194 million, according to records. state financiers, cited by azcentral.
But now, the state government, under Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs, has arranged for the sale of about 2,000 containers of which were used in 2022 as a border wall agreement with Mexico, to recover at least in part the millions of dollars that were invested in the controversial project that was eliminated for legal and environmental reasons.
Even if the state manages to sell all the containers, it will only be able to recover a minimal part of the million-dollar cost of the project, also taking into account the expense of another $200 million dollars in the transportation, installation, and removal of these metal pieces.
According to the Department of Emergency and Military Affairs, in charge of purchasing the containers, in total about $14 million dollars were paid for all they. Assuming they were all sold, the state would recover no more than $4 million.
The containers were removed last January after President Joe Biden's administration to sue the state of Arizona over “encroachment” on federal land.
From According to the Arizona Department of Administration (ADOA), a little more than 2,000 metal containers that “were recently removed from the border between Arizona and Mexico” are for sale.
Ducey ordered in August 2022 to place a barrier with the containers in areas where there are gaps in the construction of the border wall in Arizona.
Those who buy the containers, which are stored in a state jail in Tucson, they will have to pay for their transportation.
For sale are 20-foot (6-meter) long containers for $500 and $1,000, and 40-foot (12-meter) long containers for $2,000 and $1,500. dollars.
“These containers have seen a lot of use and will possibly have dings and cracks. All the containers have operable doors, roof and floor,” the state government said.
For now, the containers can only be purchased by other state agencies and non-profit organizations and the rest will go on sale to the general public starting in October.