You might remember the crowd-funding project called “We Build It” where founder Brian Kolfage promised he would take the donations and use them to build the wall.
After raising millions, we didn’t hear from Kolfage for a while, but we just heard from his team today in a big way!
They’ve built a mile of the Wall for President Trump on private property and more is to come!
He proudly made the announcement on Twitter:
The project might have stalled out permanently, but Steve Bannon joined the group to run things.
That's when it looks like things really took off.
Look at this:
Here's more from Bannon on why he joined the project.
And for any doubters, the story is very real.
Here are more details from the BBC:
A group of Trump supporters has begun building the first privately constructed US-Mexico border wall after a crowd-funding campaign.
US military veteran Brian Kolfage posted a picture of the steel fence going up in the state of New Mexico.
He said it was being erected with more than $22m (£17m) in donations he raised through an online campaign last year.
The fundraiser was launched as Congress refused President Donald Trump funding for his signature campaign promise.
Mr Kolfage, an Air Force veteran, triple amputee and Purple Heart recipient, tweeted a series of videos and images showing the new barrier on Sunday.
"WE MADE HISTORY! The first crowdsource funded international border wall!" Mr Kolfage wrote on Twitter.
The barrier is being built through his nonprofit organisation WeBuildtheWall Inc, which he set up after organising a GoFundMe campaign in December entitled We The People Will Fund The Wall.
Mr Bannon told CNN the new private barrier would link two 21-mile sections of existing fencing.
Kris Kobach, a former Kansas secretary of state who is now general counsel for WeBuildtheWall, told CNN the privately built section would cost up to $8m.
The group has hired Fisher Industries, a North Dakota-based contractor that Mr Trump had argued should be appointed to build the wall, according to the Washington Post.
Trump supporter Jeff Allen, 56, said the barrier is being built on land he co-owns in the city of Sunland Park, New Mexico, across the border from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
He said the section, about half a mile long, would be finished by the end of the week.Mr Allen told AFP news agency: "This is Americans' way of saying, 'Congress, you're worthless, and we're fighting it. We're going to build [the wall] ourselves.'
"This is not Europe. This is America. We protect our borders."
Even CNN covered the story:
A group that raised millions of dollars in a GoFundMe campaign says it has broken ground on a project to build its own stretch of border wall on private property.
We Build the Wall, a group founded by a triple amputee Air Force veteran, said in a series of social media posts Monday it had started construction on private property in New Mexico. The announcement comes months after the group began its GoFundMe campaign to raise private donations for a border wall, and days after a federal judge blocked President Donald Trump from tapping into billions in Defense Department funds for his administration's wall construction efforts.
"Buckle up, we're just getting started!" the group wrote in a Facebook post, sharing what it said were images of construction over the weekend.
On Monday evening, a CNN team watched as heavy machinery rumbled over the site near the New Mexico-Texas state line near El Paso. Kris Kobach, former Kansas secretary of state and longtime immigration hard-liner, spoke to CNN over the clanking and beeping of construction equipment.
"It's amazing to me how crowdfunding can successfully raise a lot of money, and how many Americans care about this," said Kobach, who's now general counsel for We Build the Wall.
A half-mile stretch of wall on the site is nearly finished, Kobach said, costing an estimated $6 million to $8 million to build. The main contractor working at the site: Fisher Industries, a North Dakota-based company that Trump has been aggressively advocating should be awarded government contracts to build the border wall, The Washington Post reported last week.
Word of the private wall's construction is likely to rile opponents of efforts to build up barriers at the US southern border, while energizing supporters of Trump and one of his most oft-repeated campaign promises.
Filling a 'gap that needed to be filled'
Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, who chairs We Build the Wall's advisory board, told CNN on Monday that the stretch of private wall connects two 21-mile sections of existing fencing.
CNN was not able to confirm independently that the new wall connects the two portions of border fencing constructed by the federal government.
CNN observed crews working the US-Mexico border near the New Mexico-Texas state line with machinery Monday.
"Border Patrol told us it's the No. 1 most important mile to close. The tough terrain always left it off the government list," Bannon said. "And that's what we focus on -- private land that is not in the program and take the toughest first."
Asked whether the new construction connects to existing fencing, and whether anyone from US Customs and Border Protection has been advising the group or telling it where to build, Roger Maier, a CBP spokesman, said the "project is not connected to our efforts," adding that any questions should be directed to the construction company behind the private project.
Kobach described the area as a "gap that needed to be filled" to put a stop to drug and human smuggling.
"The whole idea is we want to supplement and complement what the federal government is doing," he said. "We can complement it by closing the gap and making that wall in El Paso that much more effective."
'They moved very quickly'
Jeff Allen told CNN he owns the property where We Build the Wall's team is working, and he's excited to see it.
"They are doing an incredible job," he said. "I have fought illegals on this property for six years. I love my country, and this is a step in protecting my country."
Daniel Garcia Salinas, director of a nearby museum on the Mexican side of the border, told CNN the new wall went up rapidly over the weekend, changing the horizon behind the Museo Casa de Adobe.
Garcia said that when he had left the museum Friday afternoon there was no fencing there. By Saturday morning, he said, portions of new wall had been constructed.
"They moved very quickly," he said.
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