The Department of Homeland Security & CBP Chief endorse and give highest praise to We Build The Wall for “Changing the game”
EL PASO, Texas (Border Report) — Calling the privately-built border wall in Sunland Park, New Mexico, a “game-changer,” some Department of Homeland Security officials say they’re open to efforts to reduce smuggling and other illegal activity.
“I welcome all that want to be part of the solution,” said Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf during a visit to El Paso on Wednesday. He was responding to a question from reporters about efforts by a private organization to build a chunk of border wall in South Texas.
“Obviously, when you’re talking about a border wall system you have to do that in close connection with CBP (U.S. Customs and Border Protection), the Army Corps of Engineers and the like. The requirements that they have are pretty robust. … It has to meet certain requirements,” Wolf said. “So if there are going to be private entities that do that, we want to make sure that we’re talking to them.”
Gloria Chavez, El Paso Sector Chief of the U.S. Border Patrol, said the wall strategy is critical for the safety of her agents and so they can do the job more effectively.
“The border wall structure is a critical tool for our enforcement strategy … whether it’s privately own or government-owned, I welcome it because I know it’s a proven concept. … The border wall works,” Chavez said during Wolf’s tour of her sector.
Addressing We Build the Wall’s privately-built structure in Sunland Park, Chavez described it as very effective.
“This current private wall that was built, from what I have heard, has been very effective. In the condition that it is it gives us the all-weather road, it gives us the bollard-style type wall, it gives us lighting and it gives us the technology that we need to detect any type of entry coming into that area,” the El Paso Sector Chief said.
She added that in that half-mile stretch of border her agents previously dealt with “a lot of illegal activity” including the smuggling of Brazilian migrants as well as some violent acts.
“When that wall got built, everything changed for us and we were able to manage border enforcement actions there even better. Did (migrant activity) shift? Yes, absolutely — to an area we were able to work it more effectively,” Chavez said.
We broke ground on project 2 in Hidalgo County Texas, just outside of McAllen. The project is 3.5 Miles long along the river bank and will be the first wall of its kind built in a floodplain.
Using advanced engineering and dynamic hydrology modeling Fisher Industries developed a wall system that would easily withstand flooding and storms. Additionally, was designed to meet the site specifications for local wildlife. All animals were taken into account during the design and modeling phase.
We have launch our Plans & Programs section on the website so our donors can further understand how we are spending the money we raise. It’s important to understand that as a 501c4 we are now a social welfare organization, and must impact the social welfare of communities.
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We are on the cusp of breaking ground on Project #3 which will be miles of wall as Project #2 is taking longer than expected with paperwork. But we have 2 projects simultaneously in the works.
As we approach the end of the fiscal year we are beginning our required external audit to comb over all financials in preparation to file our IRS Form 990 in 2020.
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To the supporters of We Build The Wall:
Today marks the 10 month point since the inception of We Build the Wall, and I wanted to update you on our progress.
As you know, we completed our first major wall section in Sunland Park, New Mexico, in June 2019. We constructed a state-of-the-art, 18-foot-tall, steel-bollard border barrier that blocked one of the worst human- and drug-smuggling corridors in the El Paso Sector. The construction of this barrier immediately altered the entire region’s flow of illegal drugs and illegal migrants coming into the United States. We have received an incredible outpouring of heartfelt thanks and support from local Border Patrol and other law enforcement officers who have corroborated the effectiveness of your border wall.
It has been an incredible journey being able to help citizens of our country. We knew that the situation on the border was bad. But working on this project in Sunland Park and seeing the drug smuggling corridors made clear that the border security crisis is even worse than we thought.
As you may remember when we formed the We Build the Wall 501c4 organization, we took on an important mission in addition to building sections of border wall. As I announced on January 11, 2019, “Our mission is to unite private citizens that share a common belief in providing national security for our Southern Border through the construction, administration and maintenance of physical barriers inhibiting illegal entry into the United States.” Uniting citizens who share our interest in border security requires reaching to like-minded citizens and educating the public about the need for border barriers. With those objectives in mind we held educational town hall events. Additionally, we hosted a nationally recognized immigration symposium, and brought in Donald Trump Jr to speak at our recently-completed wall. We have been working diligently to raise awareness of the humanitarian crisis at our border and unite all citizens who share our belief in the value of physical barriers on the border.
But our most important mission remains building new sections of wall. We are deep into the planning of Projects #2 and #3, which are coming soon. Those sections of border wall will also have a major impact when completed. Both projects are complicated in nature and require a lot of extra planning before we break ground. We cannot release exact locations due to security concerns, but rest assured we are working hard to ensure no one can target us like we saw with our first construction phase. As with Project #1, we will begin building and get the job done without a lot of fanfare in advance.
This is where we are today, and we look forward to sharing the exciting news about these projects soon.