The right-wing group “We Build the Wall” has been ordered by a judge to temporarily stop building a border wall in Texas on private land because it could endanger the National Butterfly Center in Mission.
We Build the Wall is a crowdfunding campaign set up about a year ago to build border walls between the U.S. and Mexico on private land in border states like Texas and New Mexico. The group is led by Stephen Bannon.
But State District Judge Keno Vasquez of Hidalgo County ruled that the border wall would inflict “imminent and irreparable harm” if the group put up their planned wall between the National Butterfly Center and a state park.
“You can do almost anything with your property. But what you can’t do is hurt other people’s property,” Javier Peña, a lawyer for the butterfly center, told The Washington Post. “For these guys to come down and use fear and hate to destroy it [the center] for their personal gain — that’s what troubles us.”
However, the founder of the group, Brian Kolfage, said that the injunction by the judge won’t stop the wall along the Rio Grande.
“We have many people who try to stop us legally with silly attempts, and in the end we always prevail,” Kolfage said in an email to The Post. “I would put a 50/50 chance this is fake news, and if it’s not it will be crushed legally pretty fast.”
This is not the first time the group has hit legal trouble. In May, the group started building a wall on private land in Sunland Park, N.M. The mayor of the city issued a cease-and-desist letter before prematurely giving them permits to continue building.
Despite Vasquez’s order, Kolfage posted on Twitter a video of a construction worker asking for money to continue building the 3-mile, 18-foot fence.
Foreman MIKE with a huge announcement just now! WE ARE GETTING IT BUILT! Border agents said “anyone trying to stop us is probably benefiting from the cartels”. @TrumpStudents @DeplorableChoir @fleccas @FogCityMidge @DailyMail @JackPosobiec @RyanAFournier @KatTimpf pic.twitter.com/IDgCBiOjL1
— Brian Kolfage (@BrianKolfage) December 3, 2019