Mayor Javier Perea announced on Tuesday that the owner of the property did not have the necessary permits to erect the fence.
El Paso Times

Sunland Park, New Mexico – The construction of a privately-funded border wall must be stopped immediately, according to an injunction issued by the City of Sunland Park.

Mayor Javier Perea said on Tuesday that the landowner did not have the necessary permits to erect the fence, which was funded by We Build the Wall, a national group that set up a GoFundMe account to pay for border barriers would have.

Kris Kobach, former Secretary of State of Kansas, known for his harsh immigration concerns, said he and the "We Build the Wall" group received approval from two Sunland Park inspectors.

But Perea said that regardless of whether two city employees issued the building permit, the company is still violating city law because they did not submit proper construction plans to the city.

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Javier Perea, Mayor of Sunland Park, NM, said the American Eagle Brick Company had violated a city ordinance when a boundary wall was erected on their property without permission. (Photo: Aaron Montes)

Perea said the city was trying to contact the American Eagle Brick Company, who owns the property, before construction began. But city inspectors were initially not allowed to enter the property, he added.

The next day, the owner of the property later submitted an application to build a wall in the area, but lacked the necessary information, Perea said.

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"The staff has checked these special documents and found (the request) that it is incomplete and that the construction of the wall at the present time violates the city ordinance," said Perea.

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Perea indicated that no survey or site map was submitted. He said the request contained conflicting information, but he provided no details.

According to the city ordinance, walls must not be higher than 6 feet, Perea said.


Kris Kobach, General Councilor of We Build the Wall, explains the materials that make up the wall on Monday, May 27th.
El Paso Times

The privately funded Wall, expected to be completed on Wednesday, is more than 20 feet high. It goes a 300-foot climb over mountainous terrain and extends seven feet into the ground. He said the company would be fined every day if it ignored the city's injunction. No dollar amount was provided.

The Wall is from Monument One – an official landmark on the spot where New Mexico, Texas and the Mexican state of Chihuahua converge on the Border Highway West near the Executive Center Boulevard.

Perea said that this was a new topic for the city as the project was also located on an international border, saying that the city might need others Consult the state and federal agencies such as the International Border and Water Commission.

The mayor of Sunland Park said he had contacted the Attorney General of New Mexico and would contact the New Mexico Environmental Department.

Kris Kobach of "We Build the Wall "announced that the construction of the private fence on Memorial Day is nearing completion, being General Counsel d he group "We Build the Wall" and was named as a possible leader for the Department of Homeland Security.


According to an injunction issued by Sunland Park, the construction of a privately-funded border wall must be halted immediately.
Aaron Montes, El Paso Times

The GoFundMe project "We Build The Wall" was started by Brian Kolfage, a veteran of the US Air Force. It is headed by a group that includes Kobach and former White House strategist Steve Bannon. American Eagle is responsible for the fines, not for the GoFundMe group.

The GoFundMe page calls the project "Trump approved." By Wednesday, it had raised nearly $ 23 million from its target of $ 1 billion.

The workers are working on a wall erected by Monument One, an official marker on the spot where New Mexico, Texas and the Mexican state of Chihuahua converge on the Border Highway West, near the Executive Center Boulevard Monday, May 27, by the organization "We Build the Wall" on plots of the American Eagle Brick Company. (Photo: Briana Sanchez / El Paso Times)

The part of the wall that will be built in the El Paso area will cost between $ 6 and $ 8 million, according to Kobach.

The executive director of the Border Network for Human Rights, Fernando Garcia, called the construction of the fence a political stunt of "white supremacists and xenophobic groups."

"They belong to the same militia who pretend to be law enforcement officers arresting migrants at gunpoint and promoting fear in southern New Mexico," he said in a statement. "These extremist groups are not part of our border community, they do not know our border and we will not let them come and define them for us."

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