A mile-long wall of metal fencing was erected over the weekend at the southern border as a part of “We Build the Wall” project directed by former White House strategist Steve Bannon. The wall was built with astonishing speech, beginning on Friday evening and finished by Monday morning with funds from a GoFundMe account paid for by private citizens.
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A mountain range outside of El Paso, Texas, is claimed to be a high traffic area for cartel drug mules, according to the private group. In an effort to slow or deter the mules from seeking passage there, the CEO of “We Build the Wall,” Air Force veteran Brian Kolfage, purchased the land to block cartel entry.
According to Yahoo News, Kolfage raised $20 million on a GoFundMe account, enlisting the help of Bannon and Tommy Fisher, the owner of North Dakota-based Fisher Industries who supplied hundreds of men to worked around the clock building the wall.
Bannon is aware that many of the residents near the wall may not be happy with the newly-erected wall. “We had to catch them by surprise,” he said, adding that some residents were probably “gonna freak out.”
The group announced the progress they’ve now made on Facebook, sharing various images of the new wall. Kolfage spoke to CNN, stating, “It’s amazing to me how crowdfunding can successfully raise a lot of money, and how many Americans care about this,” he said about the project that is estimated of cost 6 to 8 million dollars.
Bannon was not present during the construction of the project as he was in Kazakhstan for a geopolitical seminar, but reporters who caught up with him there heard why they chose that particular location.
“Border Patrol told us it’s the No. 1 most important mile to close. The tough terrain always left it off the government list,” Bannon said. “And that’s what we focus on — private land that is not in the program and take the toughest first.”
Bannon and Kolfage both agreed that it was a “gap that needed to be filled” in order to slow down human and drug smuggling. Originally when Kolfage started the GoFundMe account, he was met with backlash from many who suggested that he was pocketing the money or insisting that it simply wasn’t possible to construct the wall privately.
After the wall was built, Kolfage came back at his opposers by posting on Twitter: “All the haters said it was impossible!! Bahaha where ya at now?”