State investigating private FL “Build the Wall” charity group, report says

Private construction of a border wall Source: We Build the Wall

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried is investigating a Florida-based group that is attempting to raise private donations and build a wall along the U.S.-New Mexico border, WLRN reports.

Fried, a Democrat who oversees Florida’s top consumer agency, has the responsibility to investigate complaints about Florida charities and their activities.

“In response to consumer complaints, including those referred by the Office of the Attorney General, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has opened an investigation into this charity,” Fried spokesman Franco Ripple told WLRN.

We Build the Wall Inc., the group raising the funds and building the wall, is a Florida nonprofit advocacy group. It was founded by Brian Kolfage, a disabled U.S. Air Force veteran from Miramar who was wounded in the Iraq War in 2004.

Its advisory board members include Steve Bannon, a former adviser to President Donald Trump; former Colorado U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo, a Republican who has been an outspoken critic of immigration policies; former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, who has been a critic of the Black Lives Matter movement; and Kris Kobach, the former Kansas secretary of state who was under consideration for appointment as Trump’s “immigration czar.”

The group has raised more than $23 million for its wall project, with a goal of $1 billion, according to its GoFundMe page.

The wall-building effort got underway on Memorial Day in New Mexico. But the New York Times reports that the project that initially aims to build less than a one-mile stretch of wall has run into opposition.

The mayor of Sunland Park, the New Mexico city where the wall is being built on private property, told the New York Times that the construction is “in violation of city ordinances.”

Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico is also opposed to the project.

“To act as though throwing up a small section of wall on private land does anything to effectively secure our southern border from human and drug trafficking or address the humanitarian needs of the asylum seekers and local communities receiving them — that’s nonsense,” she told the New York Times.

We Build the Wall initially sought to raise donations to contribute to the federal government’s effort to build  a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. But when the group was told the money could not be earmarked for that construction, supporters announced they would raise the money and build a portion of the wall themselves.

Trump is supporting the project.

5 COMMENTS

  1. Democrats: This wall will do nothing to stop illegal immigration. Also Democrats: We need to use all of our resources to stop this project.

  2. $23 million dollars to waste on a short stretch of do nothing wall is just another example of the simple-mindedness of the Trumpf followers. I doubt very much that any of those contributors gave any viable thought to what that amount of money could purchase to enhance what is really needed on the border, more border officers, electronic monitoring equipment, drones, and this type of equipment that would actually make a difference in better securing the border. I won’t bother mentioning what $23 million dollars would do to to enhance the facilities the immigrants are kept in, locating and returning the illegal removal of children from their parents and providing much needed health care to those in need. I won’t bother to mention it because these contributors blindly follow the lead of their narcissistic King Donald who rules them like the obvious serfs that they are and who do no permit themselves the democratic gift of free thought and humanity to other human beings.

  3. g — if building a wall will do nothing to stop illegal immigration, why do you need to put all your resources into stopping it? These are private donations being used by a private group to build on private property. None of your business.

    Ernie — What difference would $40 million dollars make? Democrats spent $40 million of *taxpayer* money trying to frame the president for crimes he didn’t commit. You ended up with nothing. Absolute waste of our resources. But the $23 million in private donations to build on private property? None of your business.

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