What started out as a GoFundMe campaign to raise private money to help build a wall on the southern border has morphed into a foundation with $20 million in donations and the intent to begin construction in “months.”
WND reported the fundraising campaign launched by Air Force veteran Brian Kolfage.
It’s now a nonprofit foundation called WeBuildtheWall Inc., and its campaign is “We The People Will Build the Wall.” Among those on its board of directors is former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who the AP derided as a “hardline immigration opponent.”
The AP reported the leaders of the organization spent a few days this week in Texas, touring the border and “meeting landowners the group hopes will allow private construction on their land.”
The issue is the refusal by Democrats in Congress, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to even consider any border barrier funding.
President Trump wants $5.7 billion to fund barriers Democrats themselves have supported in the past. The Democrats’ refusal to negotiate led to the partial government shutdown that was ended only with a temporary resolution that expires Feb. 15.
Pelosi now has vowed that Congress will not approve a single dollar for border-wall security, pushing toward a possible second government shutdown.
Trump has explained he has the option of declaring a national emergency and ordering the wall expenditures.
The $20 million held by the wall foundation has come from about 350,000 donations.
Dustin Stockton, one of the group’s leaders, told AP he believes there could be construction in “months, not years.”
AP was doubtful: “Whether a private group could build such as wall remains to be seen. There are legal and environmental obstacles in South Texas that have delayed the U.S. government, even with its powers to seize land and waive laws for national security.”
Stockton said, “We talked to several people who weren’t interested in having a wall five or six years ago who have since changed their mind based on what they’re seeing happening on their land.”
Wall opponents told AP the private wall construction could happen, but they are busy organizing opponents of the construction.
Stock said the group continues to raise tens of thousands of dollars a day.
When the effort was launched it took only a few days to raise $11.5 million on a GoFundMe page.
However, the page was discontinued, with donors given options for their money. Many assigned their donations to the new nonprofit.
Kolfage originally suggested that if “the 63 million people who voted for Trump each pledge $80, we can build the wall.”
“That equates to roughly $5 billion, even if we get half, that’s half the wall. We can do this.”