Arizona Republicans Introduce Bill Allowing Private Border Wall Construction
Thanks to $25 million in contributions from ordinary American citizens, the non-profit organization WeBuildTheWall Inc. is in the midst of constructing a wall along the crime-ridden southern border. But the crowdfunded group is facing bureaucratic hurdles each step of the way.
Now House Republicans are intervening to get the job done.
Intent on eliminating gridlock over border wall construction, more than a dozen GOP lawmakers in Arizona introduced a legislation Thursday that would allow private organizations to build physical security barriers in the state without acquiring construction permits.
The measure comes after a pledge the Arizona lawmaker made in June to assist WeBuildTheWall with securing the border.
I will be introducing legislation next session to make sure that @WeBuildtheWall can erect border walls on private property in AZ without impediment from state or local government. Their organization is making a real difference with the border crisis! All with private donations! pic.twitter.com/Z1mwcum0aY
— Warren Petersen (@votewarren) June 3, 2019
House Republicans co-sponsoring HB2084 include Nancy Barto, Leo Biasiucci, Frank Carroll, Regina Cobb, David Cook, John Fillmore, Mark Finchem, Travis Grantham, John Kavanagh, Becky Nutt, Kevin Payne, Steve Pierce, Bret Roberts, T.J. Shope, and Jeff Weninger. Republican State Senator Rick.
Support from the GOP lawmakers is crucial to winning the war to secure the border from criminals and potential national security threats, Kolfage told the Gateway Pundit Friday.
“Now the state of Arizona as stepped up to allow us to gift this vital tool for national security to the citizens of Arizona. We are proud to be able to work with border patrol and Arizona to make this a reality. Our wall has been proven 100 percent effective,” he said.
With the help of concerned patriots, WeBuildTheWall could construct a wall along the entire 2000-mile border, Kolfage continued, noting, “If every Trump supporter donates $80, then the nonprofit could build a wall on the entire 2000-mile border. We’ve proven now that we can build wall. Donations can be made by calling (888) 299-WALL.”
After congressional Democrats’ defied Trump’s request to appropriate funding for a border wall in 2018, triple amputee veteran Brian Kolfage created a GoFundMe, calling on the American public to step to the plate and fund the wall themselves. Within days, the American people donated nearly $25 million of private donations to assure the construction of the wall would become a reality.
As contributions poured in, the decorated war hero teamed up with heavy hitters in the public policy arena, including former White House advisor Steve Bannon and former Reagan administration official and congressman Tom Tancredo, and reorganized his efforts to build a 400-mile, privately funded border wall a as a 501(c)(4), WeBuildTheWall Inc.
In just four days over Memorial Day weekend, the group completed the assembly of a 30-foot high, three-quarter mile-long section of the border wall on private property border in Sunland Park, New Mexico.
In November, acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf visited the site of the privately constructed wall during his first trip to the southern border praised WeBuildTheWall’s and joined El Paso Border Patrol Chief Gloria Chavez in celebrating the organization’s achievment.
Kolfage commended House Republicans for joining the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection in backing the project.
“There is a major war in Mexico on our border and Republicans are now seeing the value in what WeBuildTheWall has to offer,” he said. “DHS Secretary Chad Wolfe and CBP chief fully endorsed our first wall, opening the door for wall construction on hundreds of miles of land from private citizens in Texas alone.”
The inability to obtain required permits is currently stonewalling the WeBuildTheWall’s construction of a 3.5-mile wall on private land in Mission, Texas.
The IBCW, which is half-controlled by Mexico and half-controlled by the United States, claims is refusing to issue a permit to WeBuildTheWall for construction, warning a wall construction in the region would violate the United States’ 1970 international water treaty with Mexico, cause floods that would alter the course of the international waterway and destruct the shoreline.
The Department of Justice on Dec. 5 filed a lawsuit on behalf of IBCW against Fisher Industries, the construction company WeBuildTheWall is contracting to assemble the wall, demanding the group to discontinue building a physical barrier on the banks of the Rio Grande.
IBCW is demanding WeBuildTheWall obtain state of the art equipment, Light Detection and Ranging which is used by FEMA, to create a comprehensive hydrology report that would demonstrate to the government a border wall would not cause catastrophic environmental damage on the river banks.
The case is pending litigation in the Southern District of Texas.
In May, IBCW Commissioner Jayne Harkins ordered WeBuildTheWall permanently padlock open a gate on the newly erected security barrier WeBuildTheWall assembled in New Mexico. Within hours, hundreds of illegal aliens from Mexico were caught on camera rampaging across the border.