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Privately funded border wall built at El Paso: ‘Why wouldn’t we allow it?’ land owner asks

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USA TODAY: EL PASO, Texas — A private group has built a $6 million bollard-type wall at the border on private property near El Paso, Texas with funds raised from a GoFundMe account.

The segment of wall was paid for by the “We Build the Wall” organization on land owned by American Eagle Brick Company. It is by Monument One — an official marker at the spot where New Mexico, Texas and the Mexican state of Chihuahua converge.

The company’s co-owner Jeff Allen 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 Kansas secretary of state known for his hard-line immigration stances, announced that the wall was nearly complete on Memorial Day, calling it a gift to America.

Kobach is general counsel for We Build the Wall. He has been mentioned as a possible pick by President Donald Trump to lead the Department of Homeland Security.

“It was important to us to make the announcement today, on Memorial Day,” Kobach told the El Paso Times during a tour of the site. “This wall is all about securing our border and our nation, so it is fitting, and we worked hard to get it built this holiday weekend. This is us trying to give America a present for Memorial Day.”

He later added, “We built the wall and then hand the keys to the Border Patrol and say ‘Here. Happy Memorial Day.'”

Reached Monday, U.S. Border Patrol officials said that they could not immediately comment on the privately built wall.

‘We Build The Wall’ GoFundMe

The “We Build The Wall” project was started by a U.S. war veteran, Brian Kolfage, and is being led by a group that includes Kobach and former White House strategist Steve Bannon.

The Go Fund Me page calls the project “Trump approved.” As of Monday afternoon, it had raised more than $22 million of its $1 billion goal.

The section of the wall being built in the El Paso area will cost between $6 million and $8 million, Kobach said.

The wall spans an area of about a half-mile near Mount Cristo Rey in Sunland Park, New Mexico, that was not covered by existing government fencing — a decision that was made at least partially because of the rough terrain.

Kobach said Border Patrol agents in the area have told him that hundreds of immigrants have crossed there illegally and more than $100,000 worth of drugs has been smuggled through the gap.

Gap in barrier at Sunland Park, NM

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which oversees the Border Patrol, does not provide statistics on specific areas of land, but has reported an increase in apprehensions of immigrants, primarily families, in the El Paso Sector, which covers West Texas and all of New Mexico.

Groups of hundreds have turned themselves in to U.S. Border Patrol agents just past where the fencing ends in Sunland Park, including a group of 300 who crossed the same night Trump held a rally in nearby El Paso.

Ninety percent of all illegal narcotics that enter the United States cross through the southern border, according to the CBP; however, most seized illegal drugs pass through the ports of entry.

“It is a half-mile, but it is a half-mile that is so important,” Kobach said. “I would argue that this half-mile is much more important than building 20 or 50 miles out in the desert, because of very few people are crossing in the middle of the desert. But here, you are this metropolitan area and so easy for people to swarm through this gap. This half-mile area has much more of an impact than you would think.”

The privately funded wall, which is expected to be completed Wednesday, is more than 20 feet tall and goes up a 300 foot incline over mountainous terrain. It extends 7 feet into the ground.

It includes sensors and lights that will go off when triggered by anyone crossing the area, Kobach said. The group will give control of the sensors to U.S. Border Patrol agents, he said. Although, the group has not discussed those plans with the agency yet.

Average donor gave $67, Kobach says

The wall is being paid completely by the GoFundMe campaign created by the group in December. Kobach said the average donor gave about $67, and more than 265,000 donated.

“The GoFundMe just took off with $20 million in 20 days,” Kobach said. “This shows collectively how we the people can say, ‘You know what, this isn’t rocket science. We can solve this problem.’ And when a whole bunch of people chip in money, you can accomplish something like this.”

While the El Paso wall will use about a third of the money raised so far, Kobach said the remaining money will be used to build a similar wall in another area along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Kobach declined to say where the next segment of wall will be built, to protect the identity of the owner of that property.

About the privately built wall

The privately built wall is similar to the $73 million bollard wall constructed by the U.S. government in April 2018 along the U.S.-Mexico border in Santa Teresa, New Mexico.

However, Kobach said the private group’s wall is made from weathered steel and would last 50 years longer than the “mild” steel used on government fencing.

The U.S. government wall is between 18 and 30 feet tall, depending on the terrain, and has anti-scaling plates at the top to make it more difficult to climb over, U.S. Border Patrol officials said at the time a groundbreaking ceremony was held for start of the construction.

The privately built wall is being constructed by Fisher Industries of North Dakota, Kobach said.

The Washington Post reported that Trump had encouraged the Army Corps of Engineers to consider Fisher for the government’s border wall contract.

El Paso leaders react

Some El Paso leaders were upset about being the focus of outside efforts at border security.

“It’s deeply disturbing when outsiders, like Kris Kobach and Steve Bannon, come in and use our community and people as a backdrop to further their racist agenda,” U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar said in a statement. “It’s even more disturbing that a business in our community is furthering this xenophobic narrative. While this wall may be necessary fuel for the president’s political campaign, it will not prevent people from seeking asylum.”

She also noted the business ties between Trump and the company building the wall.

El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego said he was not completely informed about the privately funded border fence, but he said national interests have often failed to include local leadership in their plans.

“I don’t know that these isolated random situations will create even more of a division between us in our own community,” Samaniego said of the often strong feelings that come with discussions of a border wall.

The city and county of El Paso have called on the federal government to reimburse the local governments for services provided to immigrants seeking U.S. asylum, he noted.

“That collaboration that should be taking place would solve so many (issues),” he said. “It’s almost embarrassing how the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing in the country.”

City Rep. Peter Svarzbein said the Monument One area represents “our values and history where the border is uninterrupted by the wall.”

“I’ve gone numerous times, brought visitors from out of town (to) see and take in the historical and cultural significance without a border fence,” Svarzbein said. “It’s a federal park. I am concerned about public access to remain for this federal park that highlights the best of the values, culture and history of our community here on the border.”

He added, “I think anybody would hate to see their home as-a-made for TV prop for anybody’s political campaign.”

Svarzbein also questioned the need for a wall in the area saying that the U.S. Border Patrol already has a large presence in the area.

National emergency funds for wall blocked

The private construction of the wall comes as U.S. Border Patrol officials have said that the U.S.-Mexico border is at a “breaking point” because of the large influx of immigrants coming to the U.S. seeking asylum.

According to the official figures released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection in April, the Southwest border area has seen more than 460,294 migrants detained in the 2019 fiscal year, which began in October.

CBP officials said May 10 that the number of migrants caught illegally crossing the border had exceeded 109,000.

United Constitutional Patriots have been camping out and patrolling an area of the border in Anapra, New Mexico for a few months. Mark R Lambie, El Paso Times

Trump declared a national emergency in February to allocate government funds for his barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border, after Congress rejected his request for $5.7 billion for the wall.

A federal judge last Friday partially blocked the president’s plan to fund his wall along the U.S.-Mexico border — a move that the White House will likely appeal.

Approximately $1 billion was blocked. The money was to come from funding the White House planned to transfer from the Department of Defense under the president’s national emergency plan, according to a preliminary ruling. In addition, the Trump administration was blocked from constructing barriers in areas near El Paso and Yuma, Arizona.

The ruling, from Haywood Gilliam Jr., of the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of California, however, does not prevent the Trump administration from allocating funds from their other sources.

Kobach said the “liberal court” blocking the White House’s border wall efforts make his group’s private projects even more necessary.

“Now more than ever we need it because we have a liberal court decision that stopped President Trump from building in some the areas with the National Emergency Funds,” Kobach said. “So, we the people need to step and do this private action to supplement what the federal government is doing. It really needs to be all hands on deck.”

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Border Patrol Arrests Illegal Convicted Of Child Rape – Previously Deported Twice

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This was the 3rd time the monster entered the U.S. illegally. It’s too easy for these criminal scum to get in! We need to seal up the border, tight!

Via U.S. Customs and Border Protection:

Release Date: August 15, 2019

“TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Border Patrol agents near Naco arrested a previously deported sex offender Wednesday.

Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents from the Brian A. Terry Station arrested 37-year-old Carlos Blancas-Rojas for being illegally present in the United States. During processing, agents conducting records checks discovered the Mexican national had been convicted by the state of Washington of Rape of a Child, a felony, in 2008.

Records checks further revealed Blancas-Rojas has an active warrant in Washington and that he has twice been removed from the United States, his second deportation following his felony conviction.

While held in federal custody, Blancas-Rojas awaits prosecution for the illegal re-entry of a previously deported aggravated felon.

All persons apprehended by the Border Patrol undergo criminal history checks using biometrics to ensure illegal aliens with criminal histories are positively identified.”

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Large Group Assaults Guard With Rocks On Border, Border Patrol Fires Pepper Balls

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This happened right in front of the border wall we just built. While I was documenting the construction of our wall, I spoke with a Border Patrol agent who said he had been “rocked” over 20 times in 11 years, and that most agents have rocks thrown at them at least once during their careers. This attack comes on the heels of four Mexican nationals firing automatic weapons at a Border Patrol marine unit.

The El Paso Times is reporting:

“U.S. Border Patrol agents fired pepper ball shots at swimmers in the Rio Grande during a confrontation Sunday evening on the El Paso-Juárez border.

A Border Patrol spokesman said agents fired the non-lethal rounds after a security guard from the International Boundary and Water Commission was allegedly assaulted by a group throwing rocks.

Juárez families regularly use that portion of the Rio Grande for recreational swimming in summers when the river is flowing with water.

The confrontation occurred as dozens of Mexican families with children were playing in the river across the border near the old Asarco site in El Paso.

A cellphone video showed at least a half-dozen Border Patrol agents on U.S. soil confronting more than a dozen swimmers in the water on the U.S. edge of the river.

The video was shared on the YouTube page of La Polaka, a tabloid news website.”

El Mexicano newspaper reported that a confrontation began when a guard told swimmers not to be crossing the middle of the river to the U.S. side. Swimmers were trying to dive from the U.S. side into the river.

Agents responded to a report by a guard for the International Boundary and Water Commission saying that he had been assaulted, Border Patrol spokesman Agent Ramiro Cordero said.

The six-minute video shows Border Patrol SUVs rushing to the scene and agents standing on land while the swimmers remain in the water. The tall metal border fence is visible a few yards behind the agents.

A Border Patrol statement said that agents encountered a large group throwing rocks and refusing to leave. When the group refused to stop, agents fired pepper balls to disperse them.

El Mexicano reported that the Border Patrol fired “rubber bullets” but the Border Patrol said that agents actually fired pepper balls.

The Border Patrol is equipped with modified paintball guns, named the Pepperball Launching Systems, that shoot balls containing pepper-spray powder.

“When they (projectiles) hit the floor or a person, it opens up and release the power and it irritates you and you leave or stop coming forward,” Cordero said.

It is unknown how many people may have been struck by pepper ball pellets, Cordero said. There were no reported injuries.

The video was filmed from a distance on the Mexico side and it is difficult to see if it filmed agents firing or anyone throwing rocks.

The swimmers dispersed and returned to the Mexican side, which is near the Casa de Adobe museum along the riverbank where Texas, Mexico and New Mexico meet.

The riverbank on that portion of the Rio Grande on the U.S. side is blocked off by tall, metal border fencing but the Mexico side include parkland accessible to the public.”

Here’s a short video of our wall being constructed.

Here's a montage of a few of the videos I shot of Airman Brian Kolfage's border wall being constructed. You can also view it on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHHmJBq-awI. More to come… 🇺🇸

Posted by Jeff Rainforth on Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Story compiled by Jeff Rainforth for We Build the Wall, Inc.

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