[REGIONAL NEWS] Feds take control of Sunland Park border gate

A gate built by the We Build the Wall organization has been locked in the open position, giving U.S. federal agents access to the border road near Executive Center Boulevard. /Photo: Mark Lambie/El Paso Times

By Ryan Boetel/Albuquerque Journal

A federal government agency took control of a gate that’s part of a private organization’s “border wall” on private land in Sunland Park in southern New Mexico, according to the U.S. section of the International Water and Boundary Commission.

Commission officials in a news release earlier this week said that We Build the Wall, a private company, built a gate across a levee road used by the water commission without authorization. The gate – between New Mexico and Mexico – is connected to the privately-funded, half-mile border wall built in southern New Mexico on private land. The bollard fence is 2,300 feet long, according to the group’s cofounder Iraq War veteran Brian Kolfage’s Twitter account.

We Build the Wall submitted an incomplete application permit to the IWBC on June 2 and didn’t respond to the IWBC’s questions and requests for additional information, according to the commission news release. We Build the Wall ignored repeated requests to unlock and open the gate, according to the release.

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