An organization plans to break ground this spring on a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. It's doing so with the president's blessings – and without the government's help.
The organization is called "We Build The Wall." It was created by Iraq War veteran Brian Kolfage, who made headlines late last year for launching a GoFundMe effort to raise private funds for a border wall. At press time, contributions to the "Trump Approved" effort total in excess of $20.6 million.
Kris Kobach, former Kansas secretary of state, is general counsel for the organization. During an interview earlier today on American Family Radio, he reported they are getting ready to break ground on private land in April.
"[Kolfage] raised $20 million [since mid-December], and then he realized: Wait a minute. If I just write a check to the feds for $20 million, they're going to do nothing with it, [so] let's convert it into a private organization and we'll just go to private property owners and say 'We Build The Wall is here to build on your property ... for free' – and that's what we've done," said Kobach.
According to Kobach, individuals who donated before the group went private were given the option to convert their donation to the group – "And so far something like 94 percent have done that," he reported.
Kobach went on to say the southern border spans 1,933 miles – not all of which has a barrier. And even if President Donald Trump gets the $8 billion he wants through his national emergency declaration, Kobach said there will still be miles to cover – "Which is why you need private efforts," he stressed. "This is an immense problem ... and it's not something we can fix in one year."
The former state secretary just returned from a visit last week to the southern border. "We have to have the government building [a barrier], we have to have private entities building, [and] I believe state governments on the border should be building," he continued. "We have got to get working and focused on it."
At this point, he said, his group estimates they will build walls at about one-fifth of the cost of the federal government.