A 7-year-old boy from Texas who raised $22,000 for the construction of the United States-Mexico border wall by selling hot chocolates for $2 each was honored by a private group constructing the wall with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Benton Stevens, USA Today reports, sold the individual cups of hot chocolate to people in his community, offering them the opportunity to pay more money for “Nancy Pelosi” giant marshmallows, or “Beto O’Rourke” mini marshmallows.
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Per the report:
“We Build the Wall” invited the boy to a news conference on Thursday to officially unveil the “first ever privately built border wall on US-Mexico border.”
In an ABC13 Houston video from February, Benton said he’s been called a “little Hitler.” Benton also mentioned he got the idea for the stand from President Donald Trump’s State of the Union Address.
His parents said reactions have been mixed, but they are proud of their son. It also appears the negative comments are not stopping him.
According to his website, due to attacks, “Benton’s Stand” has turned into much more than selling hot chocolate for the wall. Reasons to donate are if you believe:
- Adults should not cyber bully, verbally bully or make physical threats of violence against kids
- In Mercy, Compassion, Tolerance, and Acceptance towards all people
- People from all political stances should speak kindly to one another
- We should judge ourselves before we judge others
- Wanting to know who comes into America and protecting our borders does not mean you are racist
- Children should be able to support our President without fear of retaliation
- In general, support American entrepreneurism and courage
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The privately funded border wall is more than 20 feet tall and goes up a 300-foot incline over mountainous terrain. It also extends 7 feet into the ground. It was paid for by the We Build the Wall organization on land owned by American Eagle Brick Company.
Jeff Allen, the company’s co-owner, confirmed that the wall was being built on his property.
“Why wouldn’t we allow it?” Allen asked. “We have dealt with illegals coming across. We have been attacked by illegals coming across. We have been burglarized by illegals. We have drug traffickers coming through here and anyone who is against this is against America.”
Kris Kobach, the former Secretary of State of Kansas who is known for his hard-line immigration stances, announced that the wall was nearly complete on Memorial Day, calling it a gift to America.
Kobach and “We Build the Wall” ran into some legal trouble after the city filed a cease and desist as they claimed the group did not have the adequate building permits. The company was then allowed to continue their construction less than a day later.