Portion of border wall built by private group using funds raised online

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EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — – A portion of a border barrier was built over the weekend by a group whose name says it all — “We Build the Wall.”

The group began building the metal slats on Friday and completed the portion on Monday morning. The barriers were built on private land using private funds, according to the We Build the Wall website and Yahoo News.

A video touting the construction was posted on the group’s website and YouTube saying “We BUILT a Wall…in 3 Days!” From the video, it appears the wall was built just east of Mt. Cristo Rey. 

Steve Bannon, the former White House strategist and former Breitbart editor, is the director and Brian Kolfage, an Air Force veteran who raised $20 million through GoFundMe, is the CEO.

Bannon told Yahoo News he expects El Paso residents to “freak out,” which is why the construction happened so fast. 

Another video posted on the website sent a vulgar message to opponents, or “haters” as the video calls them, as the first portion of the wall was being built over the weekend. 

Kris Kobach, the General Counsel for “We Build the Wall” said this is the first area a private group has built a border barrier in the United States.

“For area residents who are concerned about illegal immigration and concerned about the flow of drugs in their community, I would think this would be a welcomed sight,” Kobach said.

Members of the organization said they plan to hand over the area to Border Patrol once construction is complete. Built by Fisher Industries, members say the bollard fencing is state-of-the-art including underground sensors and lights.

“We’re going to turn all that technology over to Border Patrol so they can use it how they see fit so if they want to respond instantly so if they want to turn on the lights every time someone is walking through that’s up to them if they want to keep the lights on for certain hours it’s up to them,” Kobach said.

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