The crowdfunding platform GoFundMe said that more than $ 20 million in donations should be reimbursed after a $ 1 billion campaign for the Trump government to build a wall on the border with Mexico had missed her target.  The fundraiser, which began last month, had become viral when President Trump's attempt to pay Congress for the Wall sparked a heated political row and led to a partial closure of the federal government.
More than 325,000 donors In the GoFundMe campaign, the organizer, a Florida veteran named Brian Kolfage, had promised that he would have been used for the boundary wall of President Trump.
Mr. Kolfage said in an interview that a donation to the government would have required congressional approval and that he knew that a Democratic-controlled house would not give his consent. Instead, Mr. Kolfage said, he founded a Florida-based non-profit organization called We Build the Wall, which uses donations to fund private efforts to build parts of the wall where private landowners allow the construction ,
GoFundMe donors must proactively decide to divert their money to the charitable organization; Otherwise they would be reimbursed.
Mr. Kolfage said he did not know exactly how many donors would divert their money, and how many landowners wanted parts of the wall to be built on their property.
"If the Americans see us completing real miles of the beautiful wall, we know that we will be" We will spend the many billions we need to secure the entire border, "Kolfage said on the updated GoFundMe. campaign site.
The Department of Homeland Security and the Trump administration did not respond to requests on Friday night for a privately-funded effort to build the Wall.
Typically, GoFundMe campaigns can collect money even if they do not reach their destination.
But GoFundMe spokesman Bobby Whithorne said in a statement on Friday Mr. Kolfage's original campaign page had said, "If we do not reach our goal or do not approach us, we'll refund every single penny" and "100%." Your donations go to the Trump Wall. " If, for some reason, we do not reach our destination, we will refund your donation. "
Mr. Whithorne said that since GoFundMe and Mr. Kolfage had decided that the money raised could not go to the federal government, as the campaign would not reach the $ 1 billion target, GoFundMe had contacted all donors about the original refund campaign  Donors can request a refund immediately, Whithorne said, but if they do not transfer their money to the charitable organization, they will automatically receive a refund within 90 days.
Immigration groups had condemned the GoFundMe campaign as a xenophobic result of scare over immigrants. Some had launched controversial fundraising campaigns in 1945  to raise money for the Refugee and Immigration Center for Education and Legal Services, a Texas-based charitable organization known as Raices.
Jonathan Ryan, President and Chief Executive of Raices, said this despite the change In the campaign of Mr. Kolfage, the original reviews still exist.
"There is a difference without change," said Mr. Ryan. "The wall remains the wrong direction for us as a country, something that does not help to advance our national interests, and that would only lead to further damage to vulnerable refugees and immigrants seeking protection in our country."
Trump appeared on television to pressure Congress to pay the border wall and described the situation at the Mexican border as a "humanitarian crisis" that would expose the country to crime, drugs and terrorism.
However, experts point out that migrants' border crossings have been declining for about two decades. The US State Department recently said in a report that there is "no credible evidence" that terrorist groups have sent agents to enter Mexico through Mexico.