A group that raised private funding and started building a border wall on private property was stopped by a city in New Mexico, claiming the builders did not have a permit.
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 We Build the Wall, which as raised $23m from private sources, was doing construction on the site they said was “ground zero for illegal drugs, migrants and human sex slaves coming across.” The new wall is located on the Mexican border, 9 miles from El Paso, Texas.
Kris Kobach, former Secretary of State of Kansas, told Fox Business on Wednesday, “We just stopped last night. 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 company building the 18ft wall, North Dakota company Fisher Sand & Gravel, also submitted a proposal to build Trump’s wall. Kobach said the wall is 80% complete at this time.
But the city says the group needs a permit to build a wall on private property. The mayor of the Sunland Park Javier Perea explained that the group did submit an application but claims it was “incomplete” and referred it to a municipal court. “The city ordinance only allows a wall up to 6 feet tall and this far exceeds that,” Perea told reporters.
New Mexico’s Democrat governor Michelle Lujan Grisham said the wall would not do anything top stop human trafficking, drug trafficking or other dangerous activity.
“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.
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