Katie Hobbs doubles-down on plan to remove shipping containers at southern border

PHOENIX — Republican Governor Doug Ducey placed shipping containers along the U.S.-Mexico border several months ago as a stopgap measure to improve border security, but Democratic Governor-elect Katie Hobbs is doubling-down on her proposal to remove them.

Hobbs made the comments in a series of three post-election interviews. She told 3TV’s Dennis Welch that “these shipping containers aren’t necessarily effective” and that the State of Arizona should not be “embroiled in a legal battle over them,” a reference to the Biden administration’s recent legal threats over the issue. She repeated the line to Fox 10 Phoenix’s Steve Nielsen, arguing that the state should not be “wasting resources on a court battle” over “political stunts.” She similarly characterized the containers to KTAR’s Barry Markson as “more of a political stunt than anything else.”

Hobbs recently drew criticism for backtracking on a campaign pledge after it came to light that she is “taking a hard look” at defunding Arizona’s Border Strike Force.