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Conservatives head to Texas to try to build their own wall

1 year 7 months 4 weeks ago Thursday, January 31 2019 Jan 31, 2019 January 31, 2019 1:29 PM January 31, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

By NOMAAN MERCHANT
Associated Press

HOUSTON (AP) - An effort that started as an online fundraiser to provide President Donald Trump with donations for his border wall has morphed into a foundation. And its members are vowing to build a wall themselves.

The campaign is called "We The People Will Build the Wall." It has surpassed $20 million since being created in December by Air Force veteran and triple amputee Brian Kolfage.

The online campaign has received almost 350,000 donations even as wall opponents deride the effort, and after the longest government shutdown in U.S. history ended with Congress refusing Trump's demand for billions in wall funding.

Whether a private group could build such as wall in South Texas remains to be seen. There are several legal and environmental obstacles.

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