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The private organization We Build the Wall began construction on a border wall in El Paso over the weekend. The group has raised over $20 million on GoFundMe.
Former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach told Fox & Friends the group aimed to build the wall near Mount Cristo Rey to fill a “ridiculously large gap” in that section. He claimed that “drug and human smugglers have been taking advantage of it.”
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Air Force veteran Brian Kolfage started the GoFundMe account with the intention of sending the money to the federal government, but decided not to do that after “the group soon learned it would not be able to dictate exactly how the government allocated the money.”
That is when they decided to build the wall themselves.
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From Fox News:
“This is the first time any private organization has built border wall on private land,” Kobach told Pete Hegseth, adding that the Army Corps of Engineers had said previously that the strip of land was too rugged for fencing.
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Koback [sic] 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 said.
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Kobach said plans are in the works to start a second project.
The construction began after an order from US District Judge Haywood Gilliam “prevents work from beginning on two of the highest-priority, Pentagon-funded wall projects — one spanning 46 miles in New Mexico and another covering 5 miles in Yuma, Ariz.”
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The group will place the wall on private land owned by American Eagle Brick Company. From ABC-7:
Kobach told ABC-7 the group plans to build the barrier up the mountain, along private property. The plan is to build a platform on the mountain where Border Patrol agents can park and...
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