It’s looking more and more like the one promise President Trump won’t be able to deliver by the next election is a functioning border wall. It’s hard to call this his failure. He’s done everything possible to move the ball forward on the issue. The Democrats just won’t budge.
Fighting the wall is and has been their top priority, and they’ve killed every effort to make it happen, so far. In response liberals stonewalling, a group of citizens have moved forward with a private sector solution to the border wall.
You might have heard about this. Last December, when it became clear that the Democrats in the Senate were going to kill any and all funding for a border wall, a group of American citizens decided to get proactive. They started a GoFundMe campaign, and they promised that the money would go toward building a privately funded border wall.
In hindsight, the intentions might have been better than the actual plan. When GoFundMe investigated the cause, they decided, all on their own, that it didn’t have a chance to succeed. GoFundMe mandated a full refund of all donations, and at the time of this writing, it’s the largest refund in GoFundMe history.
The company could have asked the organizers to draft a better plan. Instead they decided that pandering to the political left was the better move.
We Build the Wall
The GoFundMe organizers were not discouraged. They regrouped and founded a nonprofit company to carry out the plan. This required a bit more organization.
More importantly, they had the freedom to handle their own financial contributions. Tech companies could no longer unilaterally kill the movement.
We Build the Wall raised roughly $20 million over the next few months. They then acquired land in southern New Mexico for their first stretch of wall in April. Mainstream media tried to ridicule the effort. They suggested that donors were duped because the company hadn’t finished the wall within the first week of acquiring property.
Regardless, We Build the Wall did break ground, and they managed to construct a half mile of border wall. It’s made of steel and similar in design to what the federal government uses. The finished stretch cost $8 million and took a few weeks to construct. This shows that private construction can build a border wall faster and for less money than the federal government.
So, we come to the inevitable question. Can this approach solve, or at least mitigate, the border crisis?
There’s now good reason to think it might actually work. We Build the Wall focuses on private property. Getting physical barriers on all physical property between the U.S. and Mexico is a monumental task. One nonprofit won’t be able to do it alone. Instead, what we can see is that a strategic application of resources can make a big difference.
The gap closed in this first endeavor is one of the busiest illegal crossing points between the two countries. Border agents estimate that 100 migrants and $100,000 of contraband crossed through this half-mile gap every night. Plugging hotspots like this can massively aid border-security efforts and help stem the tide.
Pragmatically speaking, a privately funded border wall has real merit, but there are obstacles. The greatest of those has nothing to do with the length of the border, risk of damage from cartels or desperate migrants or severe weather. The biggest barrier, even for this venture, is Democrats.
The mayor of Sunland Park has ordered a cease and desist on the construction. It’s basically done, but he has shown that liberal bureaucrats will fight progress on any front.
The mayor isn’t alone, either. The governor of New Mexico has fully backed his move to illegally dictate what is done on private land, and the rest of the left are flocking to the rally call.
This, by the way, is why Democrats are always concocting ploys to restrict individual freedom. A group of Americans identified a problem, found a solution and put it into action. In response, Democrats are abusing their power by trying to say landowners have no right to protect their property from trespassers.
It’s all ridiculous, but never doubt a liberal’s ability to tie any decision or progress down with procedural processes. Just wait. In a few more months they might even admit that this is part of their platform to stop voter suppression.