Border wall construction starts by private group and their GoFundMe donationA section of border wall near El Paso, Texas has been built with the efforts of a private group with money raised from a GoFundMe page.BUZZ60
Corrections & Clarifications: An earlier version of the story misstated the location of Sunland Park. It is in New Mexico
EL PASO, Texas – A non-profit group touted the progress on a privately funded border wall Thursday, two days after a New Mexico mayor said the barrier was being built illegally.
The We Build the Wall group held a press conference Thursday to officially unveil the “first ever privately built border wall on US-Mexico border.”
On Tuesday, Sunland Park Mayor Javier Perea claimed that the wall was built illegally after the property owners did not obtain the necessary permits to erect the fencing
Sunland Park city officials sent the property owners and the group a cease and desist letter to halt the construction. Construction stopped Tuesday, but quickly began again Thursday after the group got the go-ahead from the city.
“We actually applied for permits last week and we were told we were set and ready to go,” We Build the Wall general counsel Kris Kobach said
He added, “A statement from someone (from the city on Tuesday) when the stop work order was issued that they thought the project was not in compliance with the city’s ordinances, that statement was incorrect. The city now agrees with us that there is no violation of any ordinance.”
Perea, however, maintains that American Eagle Brick Co., which owns the property where the wall is being constructed, was out of compliance by not having building permits at the time of construction