Donald Trump supporters build private border wall

We Build the Wall has raised over USD $22 million through its GoFundMe campaign

Donald Trump supporters build the first private border wall
The private border wall in the Mexico-U.S. Border - Photo: Courtesy of Debbie Collins Farnsworth
English 28/05/2019 14:31 Newsroom & Agencies Mexico City AFP, Washington Times Actualizada 14:35
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A group of Donald Trump's supporters, We Build the Wall, began the construction of the first “private” border wall in the Mexico-U.S. border last weekend.

 

The 800-meters-long steel fence was built in the U.S. border with Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, since it is one of the most popular ports of entry among migrants, mainly from Central America.

According to the Washington Times: “Kris Kobach, a former secretary of state in Kansas and an informal immigration adviser to President Trump, says the New Mexico project has the president’s blessing and says local Border Patrol agents are eager to have the assistance.

'We’re closing a gap that’s been a big headache for them,' said Mr. Kobach, who is general counsel for We Build the Wall.”

We Build the Wall has raised over USD $22 million through its GoFundMe campaign.

The co-owner of the land where the private wall is being built, Jeff Allen, said: “This is Americans' way of saying, 'Congress, you're worthless, and we're fighting it. We're going to build (the wall) ourselves.”

Allen explained the project was being funded by We Build the Wall, a company launched by war veteran and triple amputee Brian Kolfage.

The company's advisory board is chaired by Steve Bannon, the far-right strategist, and former Trump advisor.

"This is not Europe. This is America. We protect our borders," Allen told AFP.

Moreover, Allen denied the construction of the wall had anything to do with racism: "This is not about racism. This is about me protecting myself, and America having a secure border. If people want to immigrate, they should go to a port of entry and apply," he said.
 

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