Bannon, Kobach unveil half a mile of crowdfunded border wall

Bannon, Kobach unveil half a mile of crowdfunded border wall

Former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and ex-White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon unveiled a half-mile stretch of privately funded southern border wall on Friday amid questions into the fundraising of their group.

The two men appeared alongside other high-profile supporters of We Build The Wall, a private initiative to crowdfund the construction of border fencing in areas along the U.S.-Mexico border in New Mexico, according to multiple news reports.

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The fencing cost roughly $7 million to install, according to The Washington Examiner, and it's unclear what organizers will do with the remaining $16 million raised by supporters.

"It's the stories of the American people who drive this," We Build The Wall founder Brian Kolfage said Friday, according to NPR. "This is a project that was started by the American people who all believed in border security and who believe there is a crisis down here."

Kobach, who formerly served on President TrumpDonald John TrumpSanders apologizes to Biden for supporter's op-ed Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Trump' if the US doesn't elect progressive Democrats: McConnell impeachment trial rules a 'cover up,' 'national disgrace' MORE's commission on voter fraud before it was shut down, added to NPR that the project was an example of the effectiveness of private enterprise at solving problems.

"It shows how quickly a private organization can identify the problem, take the steps necessary to mobilize resources and get to the site, and then complete the project," he said.

Whether the newly constructed fencing will be of any use is another question. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials told NPR that the area covered by the half-mile stretch of fencing, which is near existing fencing installed by the federal government, was not a high-priority region for construction and was unrelated to CBP's plans to secure the area in the future.

The project has also been panned by local leader as the work of "outsiders" trying to interfere in efforts to secure the border.

"It's deeply disturbing when outsiders, like Kris Kobach and Steve BannonStephen (Steve) Kevin BannonBannon says Trump should delay State of the Union until after impeachment trial Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers mull Trump's war power, next steps with Iran Authorities prepared to hand over Roger Stone records to media: report MORE, come in and use our community and people as a backdrop to further their racist agenda," Rep. Veronica EscobarVeronica EscobarHispanic Democrats give Bloomberg camp warm reception House Democrats launch effort to register minority voters in key districts Lawmakers warn Pentagon against reduction of US forces in Africa MORE (D-Texas) told NPR.