The “We Build The Wall” tour came to the rust belt tonight offering hope for patriots desperate to stop the national emergency at the US southern border.
After veteran Brian Kolfage created a GoFundMe page to get private border wall funding that went viral and raised tens of millions of dollars, the idea morphed into “We Build The Wall,” a Florida non-profit organization designed to create a bottom-up solution to fix the border emergency that Congress refuses to act on.
“Our mission is to unite private citizens that share a common belief in providing national security for our Southern Border through the construction, administration and maintenance of physical barriers inhibiting illegal entry into the United States,” the official website states.
The organization met for a large rally on March 14 with over 500 people attending in Detroit, MI at Cobo Hall. The event was kicked off with a rendition of the star spangled banner sang by pro-Trump musical icon Joy Villa before the headliners took the stage. The meat of the program began with a panel featuring former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke and former US Rep. Tom Tancredo from Colorado talking about the absolute necessity of a border wall.
“It doesn’t matter how many people we deport out of the United States,” Clarke said. “They’re coming right back in.”
“It starts with you in the grassroots because… they do not fix problems in Washington D.C. in Congress. They extend problems, they kick them down the road, they run on them, they try to raise money, but they’re not they’re to solve it,” Clarke said, noting President Donald Trump as the only exception.
Rep. Tancredo made sure the public knew that it was both the Republicans and Democrats who are at fault for being derelict on the border security issue. It is this way, he explained, because Democrats want to expand their voter base, Republicans want more cheap labor to boost corporate profits, and both parties are happy to sell the country down the river for these temporary gains.
The former five-term representative spoke about the troubles he experienced pushing for immigration reform in the US House: “I couldn’t get members of Congress on my own side to listen to me for five minutes on this issue.”
Tancredo told a story about how a corporation fought him tooth and nail on his bill to tax remittances back to Mexico. A small tax of the money sent from the US back to Mexico by Mexican immigrants would be more than enough to pay for the border wall. Tancredo created legislation to do just that.
A multinational conglomerate First Data, which owned Western Union and profited from the remittances, started a PAC to fund a challenger to Tancredo in the House and threatened local politicians despite being the corporation being run by supposed conservatives.
The event concluded with former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and former Director of Breitbart News and White House chief strategist Steve Bannon taking the stage and selling the attendees on their plan to privately fund the border wall.
“There are all kinds of loopholes in the [current] system,” Kobach said, but explained the priorities of immigration reform with an analogy.
“If the boat is sinking, the first thing you have to do is fix the hole in the boat. The wall is essential for that,” he added.
Kobach mentioned that the money Trump gets for border security in the current budget, even with emergency measures funding included, which is not a given, would leave 1500 miles on the border unprotected. Bannon then took on the microphone and worked his populist magic on the audience.
“Twelve Republicans humiliated the President of United States today on the core issue that brought out people in these states to support him,” Bannon said – referring to the 12 GOP Senators who voted ‘yes’ on a Democrat-led resolution to deny Trump use of emergency measures to fund border security.
Bannon singled out Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) in particular as a Senator who will support hundreds of billions being wasted on endless wars overseas while refusing relatively small amounts on wall funding as a great example of Republican cowardice in Washington D.C.
Kobach then noted this project is being driven by “individual private American citizens” and because they were funding this project through the marketplace rather than through the heavy hands of government, they expect to save greatly on costs. Kolfage even claims that patriotic individuals are ceding use of some of their land without even charging a fee.
“They want us to build this wall on their land for free, and we are giving them this wall for their security,” Kolfage said.
They are expected to break ground and start building the wall next month, but are still taking donations on GoFundMe with the ambitious eventual goal of $1 billion. They claim the crowd sourcing network known for targeting conservatives is firmly in their corner. Bannon claims that it will be a struggle to get this done, but the only way we can assure it will happen is by doing it ourselves.
“It’s never going to be easy,” Bannon warned.
“If you want to save your country, not only will you have to mobilize for elections, you are going to have to do this too,” Bannon added. He introduced the Angel parents to tell their stories during a question-and-answer section at the end of the program.
It may not be easy, but it is a necessary task to stop the problems at the border that Congress refuses to solve. Through “We Build The Wall,” border security can be funded while abiding by the non-aggression principle in order to keep our nation strong while respecting civil liberties and property rights.
The entire video of the event can be seen here: