HALT: Why Is The Privately Funded Border Wall Being Stopped?

You had to know this was going to happen.

The group “We Build The Wall” that raised close to 22 million to build part of the southern wall and started this past weekend in New Mexico, was given an order to stop building it ASAP. From Newsweek

The mayor of Sunland Park, New Mexico, has issued a cease-and-desist order to a private group that raised millions to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The wall is being constructed by We Build The Wall, a private organization which began a GoFundMe fundraiser in December 2018 when President Donald Trump faced opposition from Congress in receiving a proposed $5 billion to construct the barrier.

To date, the group has raised over $22 million of a $1 billion goal, of which the group’s leader, Air Force veteran Brian Kolfage, said has been established only because that is the highest monetary allotment that GoFundMe allows for a fundraiser.

The cease-and-desist order was issued on Tuesday after it was determined that the group did not have the proper permits for construction, city spokesperson Peter Ibardo told The Texas Tribune.

This seems odd a group would just start slapping a wall up on the border without going through the proper channels locally. “We Build The Wall” advisory board member, Former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach pushed back on the Mayor’s assertion saying they had obtained permits and inspectors were on site when they started.

They started the build last Thursday and even though it was a holiday weekend, I’m not sure the reason why it took the Mayor until Tuesday to get them to stop? That part smells really political.

However, if this group did not make sure that there I’s were dotted and T’s were crossed, that would be a monumental mess up. You need the forms, audio, and video of the whole process being done to make sure you are covered. The building of ANY part of a wall is a hot political potato and will be scrutinized and you need to be covered.

So which one does it end up being?

This is now in the hands of the courts and it might take a while for this to come to any resolution which is infuriating. Yet this is what we have grown accustomed to in the age we live in today.

And it really sucks.

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