New Mexico town gives We Build The Wall new permits, retracts cease and desist order – Washington Examiner

A nonprofit group can continue building a wall on private land along the U.S.-Mexico border now that a border city rescinded a cease and desist order.

Sunland Park Mayor Javier Perea issued the cease and desist order after city officials found that We Build The Wall did not have the proper permits and had violated city ordinances. Perea announced the reversal in a press conference Thursday.

“There were two permits that were issued on behalf of the city. Those permits were issued prematurely by staff, but we are now in communication with the company and the owner of the property to ensure that if we are going to continue forward with this particular issue, that they need to come into compliance with all city ordinances and regulations, including any state requirements,” Perea said.

“There are still some issues with those permits, but being that the staff did release those permits, we have reached out that we will be in communication and that they will have to be coming into compliance with all city ordinances,” Perea said.

Veteran Brian Kolfage launched We Build The Wall and raised roughly $22 million to construction a U.S.-Mexico border wall on private land through a viral GoFundMe campaign. Kolfage celebrated the new permits Thursday morning on Twitter.

“WINNING!! @WeBuildtheWall was given the green light yesterday afternoon by the city of Sunland Park to resume construction, and our permits were re-issued. From the start We Build The Wall, Inc complied with all regulations as required by law as we stated,” Kolfage said.

The Sunland Park city hall was flooded with phone calls and emails after news of the cease and desist order broke on Tuesday. We Build The Wall executives urged people to contact Sunland Park and advocate for the wall, spreading the phone number for the city hall on Twitter. After the new permits were issued, We Build The Wall executives asked supporters to call and thank city officials.

“I got 800 calls on my answering machine in one hour. They’re all calling from out of state. They are in favor of the wall,” a Sunland Park city official told KTSM. Perea said he has thousands of emails sitting unopened in his inbox.

Perea said he has received hundreds of death threats related to the border wall project and has increased police presence in the town.

“There have been [threats directed] to me and my family with threats of coming down and shooting us all,” said Perea. “It is concerning, it is alarming cause we are a community with limited resources.”


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