Triple amputee veteran Brian Kolfage’s privately funded group, ‘We Build The Wall’, has finished construction on a segment of border wall in New Mexico. They closed a gap in the existing border wall themselves rather than waiting for Congress and the president to come to an agreement over how to fund the massive construction project along the United States’ southern border. They simply bypassed the obstructionists.
The half-mile section was unveiled over the weekend. “The 18-foot steel bollard wall is similar to the designs used by the Border Patrol, sealing off a part of the border that had been a striking gap in existing fencing,” the Washington Times reported. The gap runs from the Texas border, where it ends at the Rio Grand, up, through southern New Mexico, along the “lower elevations” or Mount Cristo Rey.
The land is owned by American Eagle Brick Company, and the company’s co-owner Jeff Allen confirmed that the wall was built on his property. “Why wouldn’t we allow it?” Allen asked. “We have dealt with illegals coming across. We have been attacked by illegals coming across. We have been burglarized by illegals. We have drug traffickers coming through here and anyone who is against this is against America.”
From The Daily Wire:
“We Build the Wall claims the half-mile section of steel wall is the first privately constructed part of the border wall, and that their project moved faster and, at $8 million, required less funding than a similar project headed up by the federal government. The group, led by former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, also says they’ve got the blessing of President Donald Trump and United States Border Customs and Protection, who were grateful for the help.
“We’re closing a gap that’s been a big headache for them,” Kobach told reporters.
“The half-mile segment of border wall, the group says, closes a gap frequently used to smuggle both people and drugs. Kobach added that on a “typical night” around 100 migrants and $100,000 worth of illegal narcotics passed through the half-mile hole.
“The Trump Administration was working on a plan to construct around 234 miles of steel fencing, effectively sealing off the southern border with a “border wall,” but attempts to secure funding for the project have stalled. Congress refused to agree to any funding for the border wall beyond the $1.6 billion promised in the 2018 budget, and President Donald Trump’s “national emergency” declaration — which would have detoured funding to the border wall from other Army Corps of Engineers projects — was halted by a judge pending ongoing litigation.
“Funding for the border wall has also taken a backseat to a more urgent need: funding for border processing. More than 100,000 migrants are presenting themselves at the United States’ southern border per month now, and, forced by law to process anyone who requests asylum, the CBP and Immigration and Customs Enforcement are now overwhelmed with detained immigrants.
“Although the Trump Administration officially ended the “catch and release” policies of the Obama Administration, the federal government has reportedly — according to Politico — been shipping migrants who declare asylum to cities in Texas and California, far from the southern border, in order to relieve the stress on border patrol facilities.
“The Trump administration is flying migrants to San Diego and Del Rio, Texas, and busing them to El Centro, Calif., and Laredo, Texas, according to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection official familiar with the plan,” Politico says. “There, they are being processed — which includes photographs, health screenings, fingerprints and background checks — before they are often released and told to return for a court hearing at a later date.”
“The administration is also reportedly considering sending migrants to less populated areas in Florida and in the American southwest, in the hopes that, by personally relocating them, they’re better able to track asylum seekers while they await their day in court.”
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Posted by Brian Kolfage on Monday, May 27, 2019
Former Kansas Secretary of State, Kris Kobach appeared on “Fox & Friends” Monday and said that the project was undertaken because there is a “ridiculously large gap” near Mount Cristo Rey, and drug and human smugglers have been taking advantage of it. Authorities in the El Paso Sector apprehend 930 people per day, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
“This is the first time any private organization has built a portion of the wall on private land. It’s happening right here in the El Paso area, and it’s not just any piece of land. This piece of land is right where the El Paso wall — that separates El Paso and Ciudad Juarez — where that wall ends there’s been a half-mile gap between the existing wall and Mt. Cristo Rey,” Kobach said. Kobach told Pete Hegseth, adding that the Army Corps of Engineers had said previously that the strip of land was too rugged for fencing. Evidently, it wasn’t and it was built for significantly less than what the government could build it for.
Koback said the project was funded through private donations to the organization. “We’ll keep on building as long as people keep chipping in. The average contribution has been only $67 but so many people have chipped in,” he stated. Kobach said plans are in the works to start a second project. And there will be many others after that.
Former White House strategist Steve Bannon is now the Director of “We Build The Wall.” Bannon told Yahoo News the project to build the border barrier near Sunland Park, overseen by construction mogul Tommy Fisher of North Dakota-based Fisher Industries, involved hundreds of workers and cost $6 million.
While speaking with ABC-7 on Monday, Kobach said the border barrier is a perfect Memorial Day gift: “I think this is a fitting present to the United Sates and to the people of El Paso because this is protecting our security. It’s the same thing indirectly that those soldiers died for: American security or another country’s security.” Indeed it is. Well done.