Construction is expected to begin next week to fill gaps in border barriers near the Yuma Morelos dam project. It looks like the improvements will be tied to container barriers put in place by the state of Arizona.
US Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz tweeted photos of some of the areas where construction projects are expected to begin. The chief said the Yuma sector “appreciates the cooperation and coordination with the State of Arizona as we move forward with this project.”
Next week, construction will begin filling 4 gaps near Morelos Dam and connecting to existing infrastructure.
— Chief Raul Ortiz (@USBPChief) January 7, 2023
Chief Ortiz said the projects will fill gaps in areas near the Morelos Dam and “tie into existing infrastructure.”
“Last spring, DHS announced the Yuma Morelos Dam project, to fill four gaps in a former Department of Defense border barrier project. The project includes areas along the Colorado River that contained temporary infrastructure put in place by the State of Arizona.
“The U.S. Border Patrol has a tremendous partnership with the State of Arizona and will continue to work collaboratively to expand its deployments of infrastructure, technology, and personnel,” the CBP statement read. However, earlier this year, the Biden administration sued the state of Arizona for placing shipping containers along border fence gaps.
In a settlement agreement in December, the last full month of Governor Doug Ducey’s term, Arizona agreed to remove many of those containers, Breitbart Texas reported.
Nearly 310,000 migrants crossed the border from Mexico into the Yuma sector in FY22, according to a Border Patrol report reviewed by Breitbart Texas. Yuma agents apprehended more than 80,000 people in the first quarter of FY23, according to unofficial reports.
In November 2021, Randy Clark of Breitbart Texas reported that large groups of migrants were entering the Yuma sector through openings in the border walls.
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