A private group announced on Monday that it has completed the construction of a half-mile wall along part of the U.S.-Mexico border in New Mexico.
The group, appropriately known as We Build the Wall, is funding its project through individual donations. Organizers raised over $22 million out of its $1 billion goal through GoFundMe, an online platform where users can raise money through private donations. We Build the Wall announced the completion of its first project in a Facebook post on Monday.
According to The Washington Times, the group believes that it will be able to complete the border wall project more effectively than the federal government has been able to in recent years. The initiative has the blessing of the Trump Administration, which has seen its border ambitions stalled by the courts.
Earlier this year, President Donald Trump announced that he would secure funding for what is still considered to be his signature campaign promise by appropriating money from the Department of Defense. As commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces, the thinking was that the president would be able to bypass a gridlocked Congress in order to begin building. Liberal federal judges, however, have ordered a halt to the process. However, this isn’t stopping American citizens from taking matters into their own hands.
“WE DID IT!!!” We Build the Wall organizer Brian Kolfage wrote in a Facebook post. “First privately funded wall is nearly complete!”
Kolfage went on to promise supporters that more projects like this are in the works, and invited those who are sympathetic to the cause to continue donating.
President Trump’s proposed border wall stretches hundreds of miles. Considering the amount of labor that has so-far gone into just a half-mile of physical barriers, it’s difficult to imagine the private group continuing at this pace. However, it’s more progress than we’ve seen from the federal government in a long time on the issue.
Hundreds of illegal immigrants gross the border into the United States from Mexico every day. Often times, these illegal immigrants are supporting illicit drug trades or even human trafficking. If anything, the completion of a physical barrier by private citizens should be a wake up call for liberals in Congress.
America wants a wall — plain and simple. The fact that they are willing to fund it directly through private means is evidence of that. Now, we need the federal government to follow this example, and make good on its mandate to keep our borders safe.
~ United American News