According to the Daily Caller Foundation, We Build The Wall, a privately funded campaign that aims to build a wall between the United States and Mexico, broke ground over the Memorial Day weekend. The new wall is an 18-foot bollard barrier that stretches about a mile near the Texas-New Mexico border and has an estimated cost of about $6 million to $8 million. The plan is to sell the completed project to the U.S. government for $1 and is the first privately funded border wall.
We Build The Wall, a viral online campaign calling on everyday Americans to fund a U.S.-Mexico wall have completed about one mile of a wall similar in design to one used by the U.S. Border Patrol, but the organizers claim their wall can be built faster and cheaper. The project was led by construction mogul Tommy Fisher, CEO of Fisher Industries.
“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,” Kris Kobach, an informal immigration adviser to the White House and general counsel to We Build The Wall, said Monday on Fox News.
The newly built wall connects two 21-mile sections of fencing, closing a gap between El Paso and Sunland Park. The gap, according to locals, has been a hotbed for human and drug trafficking. The land where the wall is being built is privately owned.
“They are doing an incredible job,” Jeff Allen, the property owner, said to CNN. “I have fought illegals on this property for six years. I love my country and this is a step in protecting my country.”
“We’re going to sell this wall back to them for $1 and release the title to them,” We Build The Wall founder Brian Kolfage said to the Daily Mail. “We can’t give the government the money because that’s not the way it works. But we wanted to show the American people how to get this job done.”
The groundbreaking marks a major milestone for Kolfage, a triple amputee veteran who first began the We Build The Wall GoFundMe campaign in December. The campaign, launched during the heat of the congressional fight over border wall funding, has since raised over $22 million from online donations, many of them small-dollar contributions.
Includes reporting from The Associated Press, The Daily Caller Foundation, Fox News, CNN and the Daily Mail