The president of the United States, Donald Trump, announced Thursday that a favorable judicial ruling will allow him to build one of the largest parts of the wall with Mexico.
"The entire wall is under construction or is getting ready to start!", He said through his Twitter account.
A federal judge in the city of McAllen, Texas, bordering Mexico, decided to lift the temporary restraining order against the project to build a border wall with private funds on the banks of the Rio Grande (Bravo).RELATED
Fisher's construction company, which has already won a $ 400 million tender to lift a section of the border wall in Arizona, wants to install 4.8 kilometers of steel posts about 10 meters high from the US river bank. The posts would be placed on private lands and with a concrete path behind them to facilitate surveillance work.
Going back to the Safe Fence Act of 2006, the United States has avoided as far as possible the buildings adjacent to the Rio Grande.
The meandering river that separates the United States and Mexico is critical to Texas wildlife and provides water to both nations through a series of dams and canals, defined in the terms of international treaties. In order not to violate these obligations causing erosion or redirecting river water, the United States has built most of its border wall in South Texas at least a mile from the river basin.
The United States filed a lawsuit to curb Fisher's project, which resulted in the restraining order of federal judge Randy Crane. Another opponent of the project is the National Butterfly Center, a nonprofit group located a short distance from private lands.
After hearing testimony last week, Crane heard more witnesses this Thursday.
The project was originally announced by We Build the Wall, a Florida-based nonprofit group created in December 2018, when Trump demanded $ 5 billion from Congress for the construction of the wall. The refusal of the democratic legislators derived in the closing of more prolonged government in the history of the country.
Telling his supporters that he would build the new fences on his own, We Build the Wall started an online fundraising campaign and has raised $ 26 million.
The group's founder, Brian Kolfage, has promoted the South Texas social media project, urging donors to contribute more funds and attacking detractors, even with unfounded accusations that groups like the National Butterfly Center are People traffic favor.
But instead, the project has become a possible showcase for Fisher, who has promoted his company Fisher Industries on Fox News and other conservative media. Fisher said Wednesday that he is prepared to invest at least $ 40 million in the construction of the private wall. We Build the Wall has only contributed 1.5 million dollars. During a hearing held last year, the group's general lawyer and former Kansas secretary of state, Kris Kobach, said he mainly provides "social media support."
Fisher argues that the government is being extremely cautious in building the fence so far from the river. His team plans to level the basin and dismantle the property, which ensures it will improve water flow and reduce erosion. "We have shown them that we can build it here, where agents need it," said Fisher. "It's not border security if you're one, two or three miles from the border."
Your detractors disagree. They dismissed a study conducted by Fisher Industries that ensures that water would flow smoothly through the 12-centimeter spaces that separate each border post. They are also concerned that 5.5-meter steel posts can break off during a storm and be taken downstream to communities in the United States and Mexico.
"They cannot make assumptions that go against all real-world evidence without presenting their own evidence," said Scott Nicol, a resident of the Rio Grande Valley and co-chair of the borderland team for the Sierra Club. "One statement is not enough."
The federal government sued Fisher Industries and We Build the Wall on behalf of the International Boundary and Water Commission, which oversees the management of the river. A spokeswoman for the panel said Wednesday that its engineers continue to review Fisher's study.
Javier Peña, a lawyer at the National Butterfly Center, argued that a ruling in favor of the private wall will have large-scale consequences. "This would set a precedent that private citizens can violate a treaty with Mexico," he said. "That people can start building whatever they want on the floodplain."