We Build the Wall, a privately-funded company organized to build a southern wall said they had completed half a mile segment in Sunland Park in New Mexico during the Memorial Day weekend.
What is We Build The Wall?
The project is aimed at closing a gap which is frequently used to smuggle both drugs and people.
The group’s leader Kris Kobach, a former Kansas Secretary of State, told the Washington Times that about $100,000 worth of illegal drugs and 100 migrants pass through the half-mile hole on a ‘typical night.’
The wall made out of steel bollard measures 18 feet. Its designs resemble what the Border Patrol used. The project secured a blessing from President Donald and the United States Border Customs and Protection.
Kobach said: “We’re closing a gap that’s been a big headache for them.”
In an interview with Associated Press, Co-founder of the non-profit organization Dustin Stockton said that about ten days were spent moving dirt before commencing the construction on 24 May.
He added that it is expected to be completed by the end of the week with the wall segment in the private land already ‘mostly up.’
Raising funds for We Build the Wall
The group has raised around $22 million for the project, but Stockton said they are unable to release a final tally on the total cost yet. He expects though that the cost ranges from $6-$10 million.
Fundraising for the wall is still ongoing through GoFundMe.
The co-founder explained that a steep incline of the site added to the cost.
…Mexico’s attitude is that people from other countries, including Mexico, should have the right to flow into the U.S. & that U.S. taxpayers should be responsible for the tremendous costs associated w/this illegal migration. Mexico is wrong and I will soon be giving a response!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 21, 2019
The group claims that their project moved faster and that it required less funding compared to a similar project pursued by the federal government.
The current administration has planned to build about 234 miles of steel fencing that will effectively seal off the southern border with a border wall but to no avail. The Congress did not pass a funding proposal that is beyond the $1.6 billion stated in the 2018 budget.
Moreover, a judge pending ongoing litigation halted President Trump’s ‘national emergency’ declaration which could have transferred funding from other Army Corps of Engineers projects to the border wall.