Not only has it begun, but in just four days, they were able to shut down a drug corridor that saw $100,000 worth of drugs pass through there daily. We Build the Wall has been releasing pictures and videos of the crews assembling the new wall.
So far, they have built a mile long barrier made up of an 18-foot bollard wall, patterned after some the government has already built. Once it is completed, they plan to sell their wall to the government for one dollar. This is the first time that a project like this has ever been built with private resources.
The wall is similar to the design used by U.S. Border Patrol, but the organizers claim their wall can be built faster and cheaper. The project was led by construction mogul Tommy Fisher, CEO of Fisher Industries.
“This is the first time any private organization has built a portion of the wall on private land. It’s happening right here in the El Paso area, and it’s not just any piece of land,” Kris Kobach, an informal immigration adviser to the White House and general counsel to We Build The Wall, said Monday on Fox News.
The newly built wall connects two 21-mile sections of fencing, closing the gap between an El Paso wall and another wall in Sunland Park. The gap, according to locals, has been a hotbed for human and drug trafficking. The land where the wall is being built is privately owned, with the owner welcoming construction with open arms.
“They are doing an incredible job,” Jeff Allen, the property owner, said to CNN. “I have fought illegals on this property for six years. I love my country and this is a step in protecting my country.”