One of the most controversial, hot-button issues in United States politics over the past few years has been whether to go forward with building a border wall between the United States and Mexico, just as United States President Donald Trump initially proposed when he announced that he’d be running for the presidency five years ago.
Whether you support the construction of the planned border wall, which is already partially completed, or not, one thing’s for certain – the border wall will cost dozens of billions of dollars to successfully be completed, something that many people argue the United States simply can’t afford.
Concerned United States citizens have taken action into their own hands, having funded causes to construct part of the border wall on their own.
One of these causes, titled “We Build the Wall” on its GoFundMe page, started working on a part of the proposed border wall near the city of El Paso, Texas, this weekend.
Interests like We Build the Wall can’t construct border wall segments anywhere they want. Rather, they can only build them on tracts of private land for which they have received approvals to build from those tracts’ owners. As such, the area of border wall that the interest started construction on just two days ago is owned by private interests that have, in fact, already approved the building.
According to United States Customs and Border Protection, the agency takes in some 950 people who are crossing the Mexican-American border illegally on a daily basis through the area of border known as the El Paso Sector, where the privately-funded wall is being erected, which consists of Hudspeth and El Paso Counties, both in Texas, and all of the state of New Mexico’s border with our southern neighbor.
The private interest began construction on the border wall just one day after a federal judge, United States District Judge Haywood Gilliam Jr., ruled that President Trump would not legally be able to construct any border wall portions in two segments of the Mexican-American border, one of which is a 46-mile span in New Mexico, with the other being a five-mile stretch in Arizona.
Although Trump has already filed an appeal to the District Court that ruled on his border wall progression last week, it’s not clear how long the appeal will take to actually be processed. The private interest continues to build their section of the wall.