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They Didn't Raise $1B. They Are Building a Wall Anyway

Short section going up on private land in New Mexico
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted May 29, 2019 8:02 AM CDT
In a May 24, 2019 photo, a construction worker watches a section of fencing be moved for a privately-funded border fence on private land in Sunland Park, New Mexico.   (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)
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(Newser) – In December, a "We the People Will Build the Wall" campaign launched on GoFundMe with a $1 billion goal. It didn't raise anywhere close to that, but roughly a third of the nearly $22 million a nonprofit subsequently ended up getting is now being used to build a contentious stretch of border fence in New Mexico. "Buckle up, we're just getting started!" the We Build the Wall group posted on Facebook on Memorial Day, one of a number of social media posts announcing that construction had started. The latest:

  • The plan: CNN was at the scene on Monday, observing construction equipment at work. The group says it plans to build a section of wall that will measure about half a mile but will connect two 21-mile portions of fencing already in place. CNN couldn't confirm that's what will in fact happen. The El Paso Times reports the fencing is 20 feet high and is set 7 feet in the ground.
  • The land: The New York Times reports the wall section is going up near El Paso in Sunland Park, on land the American Eagle Brick Company owns. Fisher Industries of North Dakota is handling the construction.

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