As a Democratic-majority House continues to grapple with President Trump and resist his efforts to fund the construction of a southern border wall, a private group began its own plan to build the wall.
“We Build the Wall,” launched by triple-amputee Air Force veteran Brian Kolfage and funded in part by former Trump administration advisor Steve Bannon and former Kansas Secretary of state Kris Kobach, began quietly constructing the border over Memorial Day weekend but have hit a snag.
BizPac Review reports “the group allegedly failed to obtain the required permits from the city of Sunland Park before starting construction and has therefore been issued a cease-and-desist letter.”
Sunland Park city spokesperson Peter Ibardo reportedly told the Texas Tribune, “The city has not provided any permits, it has not approved of the construction that has gone up already. They built the structure without authority or any building permits from the city.”
Speaking with a local station, Sunland Park Mayor Javier Perea similarly said the group did not adequately follow the permit process to get approval for the wall.
“The staff has been reviewing those particular documents and have determined at this point it’s incomplete and the construction of the wall at this point is in violation of city ordinances,” Perea stated.
Here’s more from BizPac Review:
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who only days earlier had traveled to Washington, D.C., to beg the Trump administration to pay for her to take care of the hordes of illegal aliens who’ve been flooding her state, also issued a statement Tuesday.
“A multi-faceted and strategic approach is required for establishing and enhancing border security as well as dealing with the humanitarian crisis on our southern border,” she said.
“No president, no federal administration has done enough on these fronts in recent decades, and certainly not in recent months. But 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. It takes us farther away from where we all need to be.”
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To be clear, the work that’s being done in Sunland Park is just the beginning. The group reportedly plans to continue using the money it’s raised to extend the wall further and further.
Kolfage responded to the bureaucratic resistance with a series of tweets: