Remember that effort by a triple amputee veteran to privately fund the building of the U.S.-Mexico border wall through GoFundMe donations?
Well, it’s actually working.
His group built a tall steel barrier to closed a critical gap that has essentially been used as a highway for illegal aliens, drug smugglers, and human traffickers. And most of the wall went up in just a few days over the Memorial Day weekend.
For months, U.S. Air Force veteran Brian Kolfage has been enduring doubt and mockery in his efforts to gather donations for building critical sections of the wall on private land where there is no effective barrier yet. Now the We Build the Wall GoFundMe account he set up in December has brought in over $22 million from over 265,000 people.
Fox News spoke with former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach — a We Build the Wall advisor — about what his group was able to accomplish during the holiday weekend in their effort to protect Americans and preserve our nation’s sovereignty.
The wall is being built in the El Paso sector where family unit apprehensions have increased over 1,800 percent in a year and there are, on average, 930 apprehensions of illegal aliens a day, “Fox & Friends” co-host Pete Hegseth explained on Memorial Day.
“There has been a lot of frustration over legal challenges and ways in which the government, administrative state have blocked this president [Trump] from building the wall,” Hegseth pointed out to Kobach. “You are building it.”
"This is the first time any private organization has built border wall on private land," Kobach explained. “This piece of land is right where the El Paso wall that separates El Paso and Ciudad Juarez. Where that wall ends, there’s been a half-mile between the existing wall and Mount Cristo Rey.”
“And it was a ridiculously large gap that smuggling of both people and drugs would go through.”
“In a given night, over 100 migrants will come through this gap,” he also said. “More than $100,000 in drugs will come through.”
“But get this,” he continued. “The Army Corps of Engineers said that piece of land is too rugged to build on. You can’t build there. Well, We Build the Wall proved them wrong, and the wall has been going up over the weekend.
“We’re working 24/7 over the holiday weekend to give America a present on this Memorial Day.”
Kobach said that section of the wall is almost done and it not made out “garden variety steel that lasts only 25 years” but rather “all-weathering steel that lasts 75 years.”
“We’ll keep on building as long as people keep chipping in,” he said, adding that his organization is getting ready to start their second wall section.
Watch that report and see footage of the wall below: