- We Build The Wall, a privately-funded campaign that aims to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico, broke ground over Memorial Day weekend.
- The new wall is an 18-foot bollard barrier that stretches about a mile long near the Texas-New Mexico border. The project costs about $6 million to $8 million.
- It is the first-ever privately funded wall built on the southern border, which is planned to be sold to the U.S. government for $1.
Construction began over Memorial Day weekend on a privately-funded border wall between the U.S. and Mexico, the first project of its kind.
We Build The Wall, a viral online campaign calling on everyday Americans to fund a U.S.-Mexico wall, broke ground over the weekend, the organizers revealed on Monday. About a mile of 18-foot steel bollard wall was built along the southern border between El, Paso Texas and Sunland Park, New Mexico.
Illegal Aliens started to come down the hill. But, when they saw the new wall, they turned around. Photo: Brian Kolfage
The wall is similar to the design used by 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 the gap between an El Paso wall and another wall in 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, with the owner welcoming construction with open arms.
“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.”
The entire project will cost between $6 million and $8 million. However, organizers say once everything is complete, they will sell the wall to the federal government for a total of $1.
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