We Build the Wall Constructs First Section of Privately-Funded Border Security Barrier
We Build the Wall, a nonprofit organization founded by triple-amputee Air Force veteran, Brian Kolfage, constructed the first section of border security barrier along the rugged Mount Cristo Rey mountainside in Sunland Park, New Mexico.
The state-of-the art border wall was funded via donations, from over 300 thousand individuals, to the We Build The Wall’s GoFundMe campaign and built by Fisher Sand & Gravel, a North Dakota company that’s pioneering new construction techniques in this space.
Unless you follow quarter horse racing, or live in the West Texas/Southern New Mexico border region, it’s highly unlikely that you’ve heard of Sunland Park, but for many thousands of illegal aliens and traffickers, of all types, this is a major entry point into the United States.
We Build the Wall specifically selected the site for several reasons, mostly due to need, but also addressing other issues.
The barrier was built on private property, but, since the federal government has an easement, the property owner requested that the Army Corps of Engineering build a border security wall on this property. However, the Army Corps of Engineering denied the request, due in part to the difficulty of building a wall in the selected section and the conventional wisdom which, despite the piles of contrarian, stated that the mountain acted as a natural barrier against trafficking.
The contrarian evidence includes the fact that this area, which is a 15 minute drive from the center of the El Paso-Ciudad Juarez metropolitan area, with its approximately 2.7 million residents, and is one of most highly trafficked and dangerous spots along New Mexico’s border with old Mexico. The previously existing infrastructure was such that a coyote, a human trafficker, could pick up their clients in Juarez and drop them at a parking lot on the Mexican side that is only five unimpeded yards from a parking lot on the American side.
On a typical night, hundreds of illegal aliens and smugglers cross at this point, making it one of the most heavily trafficked corridors in the El Paso Sector. Some will be picked up by the Border Patrol, but most are free to continue their journey to the interior of the United States.
This area has been victimized by illegal and dangerous activities for at least four decades, with victims ranging from worshippers who make the trek up Mount Cristo Rey, to railroad operators, and various local and federal law enforcement agents.
Additionally, the area was selected for its proof of concept benefits, as the We Build The Wall team and Fisher Industries wanted to attack some of the most challenging terrain, building a better barrier and, despite being one of the most difficult sections along the entire US/Mexico border, remaining well under the federal government’s announced pricing.
The Fisher Industries crews worked around the clock to construct the wall, comprised of 277 eight-foot panel sections, in four days. The barrier covers approximately half a mile and includes a step climb of more than 300 vertical feet. However, rather than utilizing the typical mild steel bollard fencing, which has an estimated lifespan of only 25-30 years, due to rust and corrosion, the new privately-funded wall is constructed of “all-weathering” steel, which has a lifespan of 75 years. Additionally, it includes an adjacent concrete border road, instead of the typical dirt road constructed by the federal government, and high-performance ground sensors.
We Build the Wall pledges to build the next section of private wall soon and asks patriotic Americans to visit and pitch in at www.webuildthewall.us. We Build the Wall reminds everybody that no donation is too small and that many hands make light work. In short, Americans have always answered the call of freedom and is sure that, as the word about these efforts spreads, more patriots will participate in this program to secure our Southern border.
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