Katie Hobbs says shipping containers at border “a waste of Arizona taxpayer dollars”

PHOENIX — Democratic Governor-elect Katie Hobbs reiterated Friday that she wants to see the shipping containers removed from the U.S.-Mexico border.

Hobbs said during an interview with 12 News anchor Tram Mai that the shipping containers — a stopgap measure led by Governor Doug Ducey in the face of federal inaction — are “a waste of Arizona taxpayer dollars” and that “they’re clearly not an effective barrier.” She has staked out this position since the November election, pledging to remove the containers in order to avoid litigation.

The Democrat acknowledged on television that the federal government “is failing” Arizona at the border and expressed concern about the influx of illegal immigrants “we’re going to face when Title 42 is lifted.” However, Hobbs failed to disclose to Mai that she repeatedly backed the lifting of Title 42. For example, she told 3TV in April that “Title 42 is not working” and argued on Telemundo in October that “Title 42 is not immigration policy” and “I am not sure what issue it’s trying to solve.”

Hobbs has acknowledged on a number of occasions that she intends to defund Arizona’s Border Strike Force despite her campaign pledge to the contrary, a reversal for which she has been criticized by lawmakers.

The governor-elect also told 12 News that “hiring is really critical” and “that is going to serve us well in the Governor’s Office.” One of Hobbs’s first hires on the Ninth Floor, announced earlier this month, is a Human Resources manager tasked with promoting a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) agenda throughout her administration.