A GoFundMe campaign is aiming to help finance the southern border wall between the US and Mexico. While the campaign’s target is lofty, set at $1 billion, it has made a substantial amount of progress. In less than full three days, over 20,000 people have donated more than $1.2 million combined.
The campaign, titled We The People Will Fund The Wall, aims to collect money to help pay for the border wall.
“It’s up to Americans to help out and pitch in to get this project rolling,” says the GoFundMe campaign page.
“If the 63 million people who voted for Trump each pledge $80, we can build the wall,” the page continues. “That equates to roughly 5Billion Dollars, even if we get half, that’s half the wall. We can do this.”
The campaign also asserts that arrangements have been made to ensure the money actually goes toward the building of the wall.
“We have contacted the Trump Administration to secure a point of contact where all funds will go upon completion,” says the campaign’s page. “When get this information secured we will update. We have many very high level contacts already helping.”
The page also states that “100% of your donations will go to the Trump wall,” adding, “We are working with a law firm on a legal document that will bind the government to using the funds for the border wall itself, nothing else.”
Meanwhile, on Wednesday, President Donald Trump claimed that the military would construct the border wall, but that Mexico would “indirectly” pay for it through a new trade agreement.
In a tweet, Trump wrote: “Mexico is paying (indirectly) for the Wall through the new USMCA, the replacement for NAFTA! Far more money coming to the U.S. Because of the tremendous dangers at the Border, including large scale criminal and drug inflow, the United States Military will build the Wall!”
According to a report by the Daily Mail, Trump’s latest assertion comes after his administration recently abandoned a demand that the $5 billion needed for the project must be included in the upcoming budget or that a government shutdown would occur, as he would refuse to sign off.