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A GoFundMe account that was created to help fund President Donald Trump’s U.S.-Mexico border wall has raised over $17 million.
Brian Kolfage, a triple amputee Air Force veteran and Purple Heart medal recipient, created the page titled “We The People Will Fund The Wall.”
Kolfage hopes to raise $1 billion.
He wrote on the GoFundMe page:
Like a majority of those American citizens who voted to elect President Donald J Trump, we voted for him to Make America Great Again. President Trump’s main campaign promise was to BUILD THE WALL. And as he’s followed through on just about every promise so far, this wall project needs to be completed still.
As a veteran who has given so much, 3 limbs, I feel deeply invested to this nation to ensure future generations have everything we have today. Too many Americans have been murdered by illegal aliens and too many illegals are taking advantage of the United States taxpayers with no means of ever contributing to our society.
“If the 63 million people who voted for Trump each pledge $80, we can build the wall.” That equates to roughly 5Billion Dollars, even if we get half, that’s half the wall. We can do this.
An opposing GoFundMe account was created to raise money for ladders so people could climb over the wall.
“Latter’s To Get Over Trump’s Wall” has raised over $150,000.
The counter campaign hopes to raise $100 million, stating:
Should we not reach our goal–or should they (ahem) not reach theirs–all funds raised will go to the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) , a Texas-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency that promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families, and refugees.
And if ladders don’t work, another GoFundMe account was made to support tunnels that would run underneath the border wall.
The “Support Tunnels Under Trumps Wall” campaign has made over $2,500.
A partial government shutdown is currently in effect as lawmarkers work to come to an agreement on border wall funding.
Trump said Tuesday that the closed parts of the government will stay that way until Democrats agree to fund the wall to deter criminal elements, the Associated Press reported.
Asked when the government would reopen fully, Trump said he couldn’t say.
“I can’t tell you when the government’s going to be open. I can tell you it’s not going to be open until we have a wall or fence, whatever they’d like to call it,” Trump said, referring to Democrats who staunchly oppose walling off the border.
Trump also argued that drug flows and human trafficking can only be stopped by a wall.
“We can’t do it without a barrier. We can’t do it without a wall,” he said. “The only way you’re going to do it is to have a physical barrier, meaning a wall. And if you don’t have that then we’re just not opening” the government.
Some 800,000 government workers are affected by the shutdown. Many are on the job but must wait until after the shutdown to be paid again.