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Private border wall construction halts after New Mexico town protests

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Private border wall construction halts after New Mexico town protests

By Andrew Hay,Reuters 22 hours ago




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By Andrew Hay
TAOS, N.M. (Reuters) - A U.S. group building what it claims is the first private wall on the Mexican border wall on Wednesday said it had stopped construction after a New Mexico town ruled the project lacked necessary permits.
Sunland Park, New Mexico, on Tuesday ordered We Build the Wall to stop erecting the steel barrier on private land in an area that the group calls "ground zero for illegal drugs, migrants and human sex slaves coming across." Sunland Park is located in the southeast corner of New Mexico, on the Mexican border and about 9 miles northwest of El Paso, Texas.
The group on its website, in describing its mission, says: "If the Democrats won’t provide the funding for what the American people voted for in 2016 then we the people will."
The group's list of members of its advisory board and various committees and operations includes Erik Prince, the former Navy SEAL who founded the controversial private security firm Blackwater; former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach; and former Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo, among others. It has raised over $23 million on its gofundmepage and vowed to resume construction.
"We just stopped last night," Kobach, the group's general counsel, told Fox Business. "We'll be providing some more information to the city this morning. We're hoping to continue very soon."
Around half a mile of the steel fence sprang up over the Memorial Day weekend on land owned by American Eagle Brick Co. The company's owner, Jeff Allen, declined to comment.
The wall is being built to close a gap between fencing in the El Paso, Texas, section of the border that is popular with Central American families who have been entering the United States in record numbers to seek asylum.
The gap gained widespread attention after a paramilitary group released videos in April showing its members stopping hundreds of illegal border crossers.
Fisher Sand & Gravel, a North Dakota company that put forward proposals for Trump's border wall, is building the 18-foot-high structure. Kobach said the project was 80 percent complete.
Sunland Park Mayor Javier Perea said the landowner submitted a building application but it was "incomplete" and the matter had been referred to the city's municipal court.
"The city ordinance only allows a wall up to 6 feet tall and this far exceeds that," Perea told reporters.
New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, a Democrat, said the wall did nothing to enhance border security or deal with the humanitarian crisis on the border.
"To act as though throwing up a small section of wall on private land does anything to effectively secure our southern border from human- and drug-trafficking or address the humanitarian needs of the asylum seekers and local communities receiving them - that's nonsense," she said in a statement.
(Reporting by Andrew Hay in Taos, New Mexico; Editing by Leslie Adler)


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Sunland has a horse racing track there.

I worked camera at it back in 1976.
 

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GoFundMe border wall construction back in motion after New Mexico city lifts cease-and-desist
Aaron Martinez and Aaron Montes, El Paso Times
Published 6:23 p.m. ET May 30, 2019 | Updated 7:47 a.m. ET May 31, 2019

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.


We Build the Wall Founder Brian Kolfage, left, and “Sheriff†David Clarke Jr., a board member, prepare for a press conference in Sunland Park, New Mexico where a citizen-funded bollard border fence is being built. (Photo: Mark Lambie / El Paso Times)

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.


Construction of the privately-funded bollard fence in Sunland Park, New Mexico continues after city satisfied with permits. Mark R Lambie, El Paso Times

“If they had done their due diligence ahead of time it would have given the staff enough time to address the concerns in an appropriate manner,” Perea said. “We will continue to ensure that they are meeting all city ordinances for the time being.”

GoFundMe border wall: City issues cease and desist order

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He added the company may still be fined for initial non-compliance.

The stop work order was lifted by Sunland Park city officials at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Kobach said, and construction resumed Thursday morning.

The wall, which is about a half-mile long, is now expected to be completed within the next two days, Kobach said.



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The barrier is being built near Monument One, an official marker at the spot where New Mexico, Texas and the Mexican state of Chihuahua converge.

The wall is more than 20 feet tall and goes up a 300-foot incline over mountainous terrain. It also extends 7 feet into the ground.

The group built the wall, which is costing between $6 million to $8 million, with funds raised through a GoFundMe campaign which has raised more than $23 million as of Thursday.


The group was started by Brian Kolfage, a U.S. Air Force veteran, and is led by several prominent Republicans, including former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and and former White House strategist Steve Bannon.

“This is a project by the American people who believe in border security and that there is a crisis down here,” Kolfage said.
 

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seeing that fence, knowing what they did to put it up kinda gives me a chubby...sorry tmi

The Lost Days of America, where a man could put up a fence on his property and no one said shit
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they ought to plant millions of hedgeapple trees along the border with poison ivy vines attached.