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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 on Monday that 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.

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, who chairs We Build the Wall’s advisory board, told CNN on Monday that the group has built a mile of border wall in the El Paso, Texas, area — something he says connects two 21-mile sections of existing fencing.

“Border Patrol told us it’s the No. 1 most important miles 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.”

CNN on Monday observed construction crews working with heavy machinery in an area of the US-Mexico border near the New Mexico-Texas state line.

Daniel Garcia Salinas, the 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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We Build the Wall’s fundraising efforts began in December. At the time, founder Brian Kolfage told CNN he’d decided to move forward because of “inaction from our politicians.” The ongoing campaign has raked in more than $20 million in donations on GoFundMe.

Recent reports detailed how some donors questioned why they hadn’t seen any construction despite the millions donated, but organizers said they had to keep plans secret to protect the project.

“Remember powerful people want to stop our progress, so to not tip anyone off we are radio silent!” Kolfage wrote in a Facebook post shared by the group earlier this month. “The (American Civil Liberties Union) would file a lawsuit to impede our wall success if they knew where and when.”

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49 Comments

49 Comments

  1. Blkojo

    May 28, 2019 at 12:13 am

    Google Kolfage. Trouper defined.

  2. Mari Brenner

    May 28, 2019 at 12:25 am

    God Bless You, Kolfage!! Thank you so much!!

    • NotStupid

      May 29, 2019 at 12:13 am

      Double bless the triple amputee Air Force Vet. We should not just wait for the politicians to stop bickering and act. Our country is more than full of ILLEGALS. Wherever you turn, you see and hear them. Open the news on TV and a lot of them are in it A lot too about crimes being committed. Build the wall and DEPORT ALL ILLEGALS, ASAP. We are not pushovers. Keep the moochers, leeches and parasites out. Nothing matters to them but themselves. On our pocket books.

  3. Smokey

    May 28, 2019 at 12:28 am

    Future CNN Lead Story – Racist Americans block path to citizenship for weary migrants.

    • ChuckB

      May 28, 2019 at 1:16 am

      Don’t give them any ideas Smokey, they have enough anti-American ideas on their own.

    • Nee

      May 28, 2019 at 5:37 am

      Not racist, unless you don’t know there is a legal way to come into this country, or is it you just support crime.

    • WASOON

      May 28, 2019 at 8:44 am

      More dramAa and bull from the left. 30M illegals already in our country. SEND THEM BACK. … BUILD IT and they WILL NOT COME!!

      • NoFool

        May 29, 2019 at 12:27 am

        The last time there were 30 M ILLEGALS. With the migrants and jumping the fence, and playing catch with border patrols, it would be more than that. I have not seen more new laves in my area than I do now. And if not given what they want, they resort to crimes. Criminally inclined in the first place. We do not want them here. And DEPORT ALL THOSE WHO ARE ALREADY HERE. This is will be the end of country as we know it. ILLEGALS tumbling all over the place, with their hands out.

    • Adam Selene

      May 28, 2019 at 7:56 pm

      Aw, the poor, poor, illegals will get no sympathy here. There are lots and lots of ways to do this legally !!!!

    • NoFool

      May 29, 2019 at 12:23 am

      Smokey, keeping moochers, leeches and parasites out is racist? Why? You keep people from ILLEGALLY entering your home too, right?. Does it make you racist? These migrants storm our border to get in.They try to get in anyway they can, for the freebies. They should stay in their own homes and countries & apply for asylum, if they are really in need of asylum and not freebies. They are a great source of problem and expense, just keeping them out. Maybe you should support all of them by your own dime. Because I do not want my dime to support them. I worked hard for it and they should too, in their own country.

  4. Mari Brenner

    May 28, 2019 at 12:29 am

    Thank you, Steve Bannon for assisting Kolfage!! God Bless Both Of You!! So proud of this event!!

    • Mary Jo P.

      May 28, 2019 at 7:24 am

      Yes, Thank you Steve Bannon and Kolfage, and the company who put it up. That’ll be one section where the cartel and trafficking cannot get through. This ought to send a message to congress that they are pathetic, and if they continue to resist and obstruct, the people might just finance another portion of the wall.

  5. Paula Blissett

    May 28, 2019 at 12:38 am

    GOD BLESS STEVE BANNON AND KOLFAGE, IT’S A FRIGGIN’ MIRACLE!

  6. Alison

    May 28, 2019 at 12:42 am

    This proves the failure of the DemocRAT led House. Why do we need politicians, when we citizens can get things done!!!

    • Proud vet

      May 28, 2019 at 12:48 am

      You are right you don’t need them they have all become whores of the money.,Seeking their own personal gain and power putting the people at risk, stealing from them and Enriching their wallets off the backs of those who died for this country.

      • Tweety

        May 28, 2019 at 10:31 am

        Exactly; American Patriots can get this done ourselves by donating to We Build The Wall!!

      • melissajane john

        May 28, 2019 at 4:20 pm

        AGREE WITH PROUD VET!

    • JAIME.

      May 28, 2019 at 1:53 am

      EXACTLY!

    • Josey

      May 28, 2019 at 8:41 am

      Stating the obvious, they have quit working for those who “hired” them!

    • Patricia Colquitt

      May 28, 2019 at 9:13 am

      What it really proves is that God is omnipotent. HE IS ABLE!! Is there anything too hard for God?

    • James W Alloway

      May 28, 2019 at 6:30 pm

      We do not need them. let’s have all of the DemocRAT Impeached I am six of them.

  7. LST

    May 28, 2019 at 12:44 am

    Up yours, worthless demonrats who welcome those illegal cockroaches.

  8. James

    May 28, 2019 at 12:57 am

    this is GREAT NEWS.
    just shows we the people DON’T NEED SICK EVIL AND GREEDY SCUMBAG POLITICIANS WHO ARE THIEVES AD WHORES.

  9. Mary Murphy

    May 28, 2019 at 1:01 am

    great many people would donate so that the ‘garbage’ that goes along with awarding government contracts for jobs like that can be drawn out until the politicians get their share.

  10. Virginia

    May 28, 2019 at 1:28 am

    Donate and get more wall built!!!

  11. Rebecca Holstine

    May 28, 2019 at 1:43 am

    Great job. Goes to show you the private citizens and companies are always more efficient than the government. That is another reason Socialism never works. When you put the government in charge, it is always behind schedule with cost overruns. And too much money is skimmed off the top.

  12. E Carole Barrett

    May 28, 2019 at 3:01 am

    This is great. I spent time this past week trying to find what you have done with the funds you collected. I don’t have lots to give but have given what I can. So excited that it has been put to use for the purpose it was donated! So many times you are lied to. My liberal family and friends told me I was throwing money out the window. You know how much I loved posting your video on my FB page don’t you!! Thank you sir for doing as promised. This is much, much needed to help save this country from destruction. We have been headed down the wrong path, pushed in that direction by one world order minded people. This makes my month!

  13. Sun~Rose

    May 28, 2019 at 3:08 am

    Wow!

  14. Severa Hill

    May 28, 2019 at 5:02 am

    God bless Steve Bannon and Kolfage for using the funds we donated to build the one mile wall that was so badly needed. Our dollars went for a great cause and hopefully more money will be donated to continue building the wall. Americans are really great and we do not need congress to do what was needed to do to keep all Americans safe.

  15. David SALERNO

    May 28, 2019 at 6:20 am

    I have always challenged the liberal lunatics that if anyone is truly against a wall, then stop being a hypocrite and take the back door off your home. To date, not ONE liberal has taken me up on my challenge.

  16. james gould

    May 28, 2019 at 6:45 am

    Hurrah! Well done, brains over stupid politicians, ACLU and other dishonest jerks!

  17. Doris Frazier

    May 28, 2019 at 7:26 am

    A true American hero, Kolfage, for once again stepping forward for America. Thank you for all you have done. Your love of your country sure shows Democrats the way it should be. The Democrats are a disgrace to America turning their back on us and their resistance has been absolutely horrendous. People need to remember this come election time. They don’t give a rats butt about Americans or our country, that is obvious day after day. They need all the illegal votes they can get but Trump will get voted in again no doubt. Our country in thriving now and would be a disaster under Democrats.

    • Sandra Rascoe

      May 28, 2019 at 8:50 am

      Thanks again for getting this done

  18. Jeanne Ballard

    May 28, 2019 at 7:43 am

    If we can get the entire wall built this way it would stop so many illegals from using our taxpayer funded services , maybe our taxes would go down. Americans who get involved like this keep politicians away from our pocketbooks. God Bless you Mr Kolfage

  19. SJ

    May 28, 2019 at 7:47 am

    Hallelujah!! Thank you sir. I’m sure more donations will pour in now. There will be a wall. It will get done.

  20. Betty

    May 28, 2019 at 8:38 am

    I had made a donation to the GoFundMe page last fall, got a refund last month. No note as to why the refund showed up on my credit card.

    Would like to donate again

    • Debbie

      May 28, 2019 at 9:01 am

      Betty you needed to”opt in” for Build the Wall to keep the money. They had to change the groups GoFundMe legal paperwork. Now you can donate and it’ll take. Thanks all the Americans that supported this wall, keep donating, let’s build more. Thanks Brian and your team.

    • Sue knirk

      May 28, 2019 at 10:24 am

      You had to respond to an email asking if you still wanted your donation to go toward the wall. No response don’t got returned.

  21. Jane

    May 28, 2019 at 8:56 am

    Yeah for our country, and our citizens! This is the best news I have heard in a long time! I wish I had a couple of million to donate! You go guys!!

  22. Roni Reilly

    May 28, 2019 at 9:20 am

    YES!!! This is what REAL America is!!! It’s the people taking action to make America Great! It’s standing up to bullies and telling them we’re not taking their BS anymore! GOD BLESS AMERICA!

  23. Mike Taylor

    May 28, 2019 at 12:21 pm

    Good For This Group Of Loyal US Patriots, Who Understand Border Security, And Willing To DO, What Elected Politicians (NOT Loyal Americans), In Congress Refuse To Do…Keep Up The Great Work, And Keep Building That Wall On Private Property, Where Liberals, ACLU, Obama Judges, Have NO Authority Over Private Property… I Am Proud Of This Air Force Veteran, For His Sacrifice To Our Country And For His Dedication…As A VN Vet, I Salute You, My Brother…

  24. Michael Mcraven

    May 28, 2019 at 12:46 pm

    DAMN THE DEMOCRATS for not keeping our countries southern border safe. Damn son a bitches Democrats just don’t care about the American Taxpayers,,,but they will want our vote come 2020, OUR RESPONSE WILL BE F**K OFF LOSERS! We Will Stick With Our President And Continue To Make Our Country Great And Safe! NO THANKS TO THE COUNTRY DESTROYING DEMOCRATS! That give more to the illegal immigrants then to the country’s own taxpayer citizens. We will STOP THESE DEMOCRATS IN the up in coming elections. SAVE YOUR COUNTRY AND OUR CONSTITUTION. VOTE REPUBLICAN!

  25. Brenda Clark

    May 28, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    Thank you and God bless you all it’s wonderful news.

  26. Sandy

    May 28, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    So happy to read this! I trusted Mr. Kolfage and donated at least three times… really good news!

  27. DeplorableToo

    May 28, 2019 at 1:22 pm

    GOD BLESS BRIAN KOLFAGE AND STEVE BANNON, THEIR SUPPORTIVE FAMILIES, AND ALL THOSE MAGNIFICENT PATRIOTS WHO ARE PITCHING IN. YOU ARE PUTTING THE SAFETY AND WELFARE OF OUR CITIZENS FIRST AND FOREMOST. THANK YOU FOR YOUR GREAT EFFORTS. AMERICA EXISTS BECAUSE OF CARING FOLKS LIKE YOU.

  28. Linda

    May 28, 2019 at 2:03 pm

    I donated and want my name on something the illegals can see. Stay out of my country.

  29. Drphloxx

    May 28, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    “The (American Civil Liberties Union) would file a lawsuit to impede our wall success if they knew where and when.” Yep, I agree 100% illegal lovers.

  30. Adam Selene

    May 28, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    Bless us each and every one !! Thank you to all that helped !!!

  31. ChuckyBaby

    May 28, 2019 at 11:58 pm

    I grew up thinking there was a wall and a secure border. That belief gave me an assurance of security. Imagine my surprise about 15 years ago when I learned there was almost no wall. I could hardly believe it. The video is wonderful to see, but I won’t be satisfied until it is complete. Another 9/11 (and maybe worse) is inevitable.

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