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Judge Shuts Down Right Wing Group's Extra-Governmental Border Wall Construction

Concerns about the impact on a nearby butterfly preserve, a judge in Texas finally shutdown private construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
December 5, 2019, 9am PST | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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We Build the Wall
According to the photographer credited here, this is the border wall under construction near El Paso with private funds from the controversial group, We Build the Wall.

A ruling by Texas District Judge Keno Vasquez, of Hidalgo County, will stop We Build the Wall from continuing on its unpermitted work on a wall on the banks of the Rio Grande.

Vasquez "ruled that the National Butterfly Center, a 100-acre riverfront preserve in Mission, Tex., could face 'imminent and irreparable harm' if We Build the Wall continues with plans to erect a 'water wall' between the nature refuge and a state park," according to an article by Teo Armus.

We Build the Wall, led by former White House staffer Steve Bannon, had been proceeding without any kind of permitting or permission for a planned three-mile stretch of 18-foot steel fencing.

Brian Kolfage, founder of We Build the Wall, is promising to continue construction despite the judge's ruling. In a related controversy, the contractor working construction on the wall is a favorite of President Trump's, as reported in a separate article published in May 2019.

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Published on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 in The Washington Post
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