GoFundMe campaign for border wall aims for a billion (at least)

Cheryl Sanders
December 23, 2018

A Florida man is looking to help make the U.S. - Mexico border wall a reality through crowd-funding - and he's raised more than $11 million to do it, as of Friday morning. More than 200,000 people have donated to the effort. Then Trump changed course again, saying he wouldn't sign the bill passed by the Senate if it went through the House, unless it included funding for the wall.

The page has brought attention to Kolfage, a triple amputee who was wounded in the Iraq War in 2004, and his social media history.

The creators say that if they don't reach their goal, or the "We the People..." campaign doesn't hit its $1 billion target, all money raised will go to the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES)-a non-profit organization based in Texas that provides legal services for immigrants.

The grandson of immigrants who arrived in the United States "legally", he says, Kolfage is working with the White House to establish a point of contact for the money. He told Fox News Thursday night that regardless of whether or not Congress funds the wall, he will continue his fundraising effort.

And while his demand got staunch opposition from Democrats in the House, leading to a shutdown of United States government, his supporters have started a GoFundMe campaign to collect money to make "borders safe".


The president is in the midst of a political battle with Congress to get the first $5 billion to build a wall along the southern border, something he has said he'd be "proud" to shut the government down for.

Critics of President Donald Trump's proposed border wall have a simple, yet effective, plan to help immigrants circumvent any physical barricades the president may build at the border.

Trump and congressional Democrats remain far apart as a midnight Friday deadline looms to approve funds to keep the USA government up and running.

Their goal is modest compared to the border wall campaign's goal: $100 million dollars.

In other words, Kolfage won't be able to simply write a check to the federal government and ask that it be used for a border wall. "We can do this", Kolfage writes on his verified GoFundMe, which had more than 218,000 donors as of Friday evening.


A number of people said in a telephone and online survey recently that they were willing to privately contribute to build the border wall.

GoFundMe, the crowdfunding website, has also turned into a major battleground with the president's supporters asking average Americans to pony up - and some enterprising opponents seeking ways to foil whatever wall emerges.

Kolfage says the government has accepted large private donations before, like when "a billionaire donated $7.5 million to fund half of the Washington Monument repairs in 2012".

Notably, Kolfage said if the campaign fails to collect $1bn, he'll return the money.

The campaign, titled 'Ladders to Get Over Trump's Wall, ' has already raised $63,000 from more that 2,800 people and it's only been active for one day.


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