According to an article in the Washington Post, We Build The Wall, a privately-funded campaign already building a one mile section of border wall near Sunland Park, New Mexico was in compliance with local officials but has now been issued a cease-and-desist order from the local mayor. So what’s this all about and why did the Mayor change his mind?
This story is best told by the players themselves. We Build The Wall is a nonprofit campaign created by triple amputee Air Force veteran Brian Kolfage and now backed by former Trump administration Chief Strategist Steve Bannon. The group raises money online from donors presumably unsatisfied with Congress and interested in funding a wall on the Mexican border so much so they’re willing to reach into their own pockets to the tune of 22 million so far.
It sure sounds like they worked very hard. They raised a bunch of money, did their homework to find a showcase site to start with that would really impress people—remember they are trying to attract donations—they obtained permits, got the green light from the local officials, and then hired a competent contractor to ‘get her done.’ They broke ground over the past weekend with all systems go, attracted a bunch of publicity and then bam, a local order to stop construction.
Kolfage wrote on Twitter, “Sound the Alarm, Here we go. Liberals trying to intimidate us!” In a statement to ABC affiliate KVIA, We Build The Wall stated that it was in compliance with local regulations, but now local officials have apparently changed their minds and then alleged those involved in its construction lacked the necessary permits. At a news conference, Sunland Park Mayor Javier Perea said officials were denied a chance to inspect the site last week, and that the property’s owner had submitted documents to build the wall that typically take months, not days, to get approved.
The barrier also surpasses the maximum allowed height of 6 feet, Perea added, meaning the wall is “not in compliance with city ordinance.” City officials issued a cease-and-desist order Tuesday as local lawmakers condemned construction efforts. Kolfage said, “We’ve had members from Sunland Park city government out to inspect the site and to witness the first concrete pour. We believe this is a last-ditch effort to intimidate us from completing this historic project by a local government with a long history of corruption problems.”
Contrary to a statement from New Mexico Gov. Michelle Grisham (D), the North Dakota-based construction company Fisher Industries appears to be close to 50 percent completion of a wall designed to close a dangerous gap in the border.
Bannon told Yahoo News on Monday that the group “had to catch them by surprise,” and that he expects “the public to ‘freak out’ over their accomplishment and that the group had consulted with local authorities to identify the most dangerous area on the border. They also filed a Freedom of Information Act request with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Their intel took them to a mountain strip located in a gap between two 21-mile sections of wall. It’s where the cartels and asylum-seekers are coming in,” Kolfage told the Daily Mail. “The Border Patrol said 1,000 people cross there each day, on average and that it’s the worst smuggling route on the entire border.”
However, in a statement to The New York Times, Grisham argued the half-mile wall would do little to bolster border security.“To act as though throwing up a small section of wall on private land does anything to effectively secure our southern border from human and drug trafficking or address the humanitarian needs of the asylum-seekers and local communities receiving them—that’s nonsense,” Grisham wrote. However, hundreds of her constituents apparently had a different opinion.
According to a March 2019 article in the Las Cruces Sun-News, there was a town hall meeting in Deming, not far from Sunland Park, at the First United Methodist Church where residents expressed frustration over human trafficking, increased apprehensions of aliens in their backyards, and immigration policy.
Hundreds packed the church gymnasium and when asked to call out their places of residence, named counties all over New Mexico, plus many from Arizona and El Paso. There were standing ovations following calls to “build the damn wall” and loud jeering of Gov. Grisham and the state’s congressional delegation, who are all Democrats.
A recurring complaint at this meeting was the governor’s February statement that she saw no “overwhelming national security crisis” at the border. In contrast, Luna County Commissioner Barbara Reedy celebrated the three-member commission’s passage that Friday of a resolution supporting President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to obtain funding for a border wall. From the stage and the aisles, speakers expressed anger at Gov. Grisham for withdrawing most of the National Guard personnel her predecessor deployed to the New Mexico border last year at the president’s request.
Teresa Johnson, part of a cattle ranching family on the border in Luna County, reported dangerous encounters with drug traffickers, cattle lost to infectious diseases she attributed to “illegals” trespassing on her ranch, and frequent destruction of property including the scorching of hundreds of acres from signal fires.
We Build The Wall wrote on Facebook, “They said it was impossible, we proved them wrong . . . This new wall is the first of more to come, and we couldn’t have done it without your gracious donations.” Kolfage’s efforts began as an online fundraiser for the wall’s construction that so far raised more than $22 million on GoFundMe. To donate go to WeBuildThe Wall.us
So it sounds like the local officials were okay with this project and had approximately represented the wishes of many of their neighbors interested in stemming the flow of illegals with a wall and then something or someone changed their mind.
Well lets consider some reasons why the party of Chuck and Nancy might want to stop the wall and continue to allow huge numbers of illegal aliens into the country. Well there’s the rumor that many illegals find their way to vote in American elections. In fact The Epoch Times newspaper speculated that this kind of voter fraud may have been responsible for Hillary’s 2016 popular vote win in California. One could reasonably assume that if they could vote, they would likely vote for the party that had just let them slip into the country without prosecution, allowed them to live in a sanctuary city beyond the reach of federal law, and in some cases grant them a driver’s license.
And then there is the upcoming 2020 U.S. Census where if the Democrats have their way, people will not be asked if they are a U.S. citizen, which would encourage a greater number of illegals to fill out the Census form and in turn affect the number of people in voting districts used to obtain more seats in the Congress and of course increase their associated allocation of Federal budget appropriations.
Finally, if you consider all the cash changing hands on the border to facilitate the illegal immigration, human trafficking, and drug smuggling and of course the clear vested interest of so many involved to maintain the status quo of the border then you have a bunch of good reasons why the officials in Sunland Park, might withdraw their support and issue a cease-and-desist order.