The private citizen-led effort to construct a border wall between the United States and Mexico is back on after city officials reissued building permits to the group.
“We Build the Wall,” launched by triple-amputee Air Force veteran Brian Kolfage and funded in part by former Trump administration adviser Steve Bannon and former Kansas Secretary of state Kris Kobach, began quietly constructing the border over Memorial Day weekend but quickly hit a snag.
BizPac Review reported, “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.
This bureaucratic red tape has reportedly ended as Kolfage took to Twitter to confirm his group is continuing to construct the wall.
“WINNING!!” Kolfage tweeted.
He continued: “@WeBuildtheWall was given the green light yesterday afternoon by the city of Sunland Park to resume construction, and our permits were re-issued. From the start We Build The Wall, Inc complied with all regulations as required by law as we stated.”Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.