If Congress won't fund a wall, maybe voters will

Wednesday, January 2, 2019
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

wallet with moneyAn immigration enforcement advocacy organization is encouraged that private citizens are "putting their money where their mouth is" in an effort to fund President Donald Trump's border wall.

Many Americans remain frustrated that Capitol Hill Democrats, led by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, continue to stonewall efforts to fund President Trump's border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. In response to that frustration, Air Force veteran Brian Kolfage created a fundraiser on December 16 using the crowdsourcing site GoFundMe in an effort to raise money for a secure border wall.

As a government shutdown loomed, news of the GoFundMe page gained traction – and more than 308,000 Americans have since jumped at the opportunity to exhibit their support for securing America's southern border. Just before the New Year, OneNewsNow spoke with Dave Ray, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, about the fundraising effort.

"Border enforcement is so important to many of our countrymen that Americans raised more than $17 million in just 11 days through a GoFundMe page that would help build the border wall along the southern border," he explained. "In other words, people are putting their money where their mouth is."

US Capitol White House money backgroundAt press time, the tally totaled $18.6 million. The posted goal of the GoFundMe page is $1 billion. It's unclear, however, how the federal government would receive that money because a federal law states that "gifts may not be accepted, used, or disposed of unless specifically permitted" by Congress.

As an alternative avenue of public funding, Congressman Steven Palazzo (R-Mississippi) has introduced the "Border Bonds for America Act of 2018" (H.R.7325) – a bill that would permit Americans to purchase savings bonds in order to fund "construction of a physical border barrier and related technology, roads, and lighting" along the U.S. border with Mexico. The bill has been referred to two House committees.

Ray admits that getting such a bill passed by House Democrats won't be easy. But should it pass, it could possibly be an option for the funds raised by Kolfage.

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