A group of immigrant hardworkers who spent millions of crowdfunded dollars to build a border barrier on private land along the US-Mexico border revealed the nearly-completed half-mile steel fence Thursday post-construction delays.
The 2,300-foot-long project marks the first time that a non-governmental organization or individual has built a wall on privately owned land on the international border. It rises up to a height of 320 m high and is 18 to 20 feet tall, depending on the point on the tray where it is measured.
Former White Huss Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, former Kansas State Secretary Kris Kobach, World Series MLB player Curt Schilling, Blackwater USA founder Erik Prince, and other longtime supporters of President Trump were on site at the project in Sunland Park, NM. to display the fence, located at less than half a mile of the border at 1
The company has evolved and asked questions about how the money is spent and the Trump administration's involvement in the process.
Brian Kolfage, a triple amputee veteran, created a crowdfunding site in December with the intention of raising $ 1 billion. For border wall construction after the Trump administration's failure to reach $ 25 billion. For the project last December. The GoFundMe site did not specify where the wall would be built or any other details. Kolfage promised to return everyone's money if the project did not reach $ 1 billion.
Kolfage insisted that the campaign was not a scam, even though it had run a silent Facebook news site known to spread conspiracy theories. He was also sued in 2017 after he reported the wrong name of the suspect involved in the fatal car accident under a white supremacy in Charlottesville, Va.
Kolfagen's side did not come close to his $ 1 billion. Goals and peaked at $ 22.9 million earlier this year. The more than 330,000 people who donated were informed by GoFundMe that they were eligible for reimbursement because Kolfage had changed the terms of the fundraiser to move to another fund money people did not request back.
Weeks before the crowdfunding campaign's failure, Kolfage had launched We Build the Wall, Inc., a 501 (c) 4 nonprofit organization. Bannon, Kobach and other strong conservatives who have been criticized as anti-immigrants were appointed to the organisation's board. The money from the crowdfunding campaign was then drawn to the external organization.
About the same time in the spring, Bannon and other board members, including former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, held a few rallies in Midwestern cities to raise money for the organization, even though they did not participate in how much they traveled beyond the crowdfunding dollars.
Tommy Fisher, managing director of Fisher Industries, was paid to install the steel grid and said it is expected to come in at $ 7 million after taxes.
We Build the Wall has raised nearly $ 23 million for the project, although it is not clear how the nonprofit group plans to use the remaining donations. The group did not respond to a request for comment.
Fisher told Washington Examiner on Thursday that he was involved in the project in April after receiving a call on his company's claims that it could build a mile off the border wall. day. We built the wall officials, including Kobach, attended a demonstration of the construction in Coolidge, Ariz., Last month.
Fisher said the organization signed a contract for him to build half the steel fence in eight days, but it took longer because the town of Sunland Park closed the construction for two days. The suspension was lifted on Wednesday.
Despite the board's relations with Trump, the organizers have insisted that the project is not affiliated with the White House.
This claim was questioned in a recent Washington Post article that said Trump was adamant about Army Corps of Engineers hiring Fisher Industries to carry out border wall projects.
Fisher dismissed was described as lobbing Sen. Kevin Cramer, RN.D., to get his name in front of Trump and insisted that Trump urged the Pentagon to hire his company for personal frustration with less than 40 miles of border wall installed in the two years and four months that he has been in office.
"I would be angry if I were him," Fisher said.