WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Reports that surfaced on Tuesday of an 18-foot steel bollard wall being constructed on one portion of the U.S.-Mexico border by the We Build the Wall group prompted Sunland Park, N.M. Mayor Javier Perea to file a cease-and-desist order.
- The mayor explained that aside from insufficient documents submitted, the wall height that they were erecting did not follow city ordinance.
- In addition, city spokesperson Peter Ibardo told The Texas Tribune that the group is also building on private land without permits and authority from the city.
Following the construction of a part of a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border by a private group, a cease-and-desist order has been filed on Tuesday by a New Mexico mayor.
According to reports that recently came out, an 18-foot steel bollard wall was being built by organizers of We Build the Wall group, to fill the gaps in existing barriers.
However, city spokesman of Sunland Park, N.M., Peter Ibardo told The Texas Tribune that the construction has not been approved and that no permits have been issued by the city.
“They built the structure without authority or any building permits from the city,” said Ibardo adding that the group has to go through proper protocol with the city even though building on private land has already commenced.
Local NBC affiliate KTSM reported that Sunland Park Mayor Javier Perea said the wall is taller than city ordinance. He added that prior the construction over Memorial Day weekend, the group submitted half-completed documents on Friday.
City spokesperson Ibardo also added that before construction begins, site plans or recent surveys should have been provided by the group to the city however, no such papers were submitted.
“There are a lot of moving pieces to this, it caught everyone off guard.”
Former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) and former Trump adviser Stephen Bannon lists as members of the leadership team on the website of We Build the Wall.
Through a GoFundMe campaign earlier this year, its website started raising money to fund the building of the wall. So far, more than $20 million had already been raised.
On Tuesday, Kobach told The Texas Tribune that aside from the owner of the private property already done with the permitting process inspectors had already visited the property. He also said that building may finish by Tuesday or Wednesday.
Source: The HILL