Private border wall group ordered to keep gate open
The builders of a private border wall in New Mexico have been ordered by an international agency to keep a gate permanently open.
According to a report in Buzzfeed, the half-mile wall near Sunland Park cut off official access to a levee and a dam and public access to Monument One, a series of obelisks marking the U.S.-Mexico border.
The We Build the Wall barrier also featured a gate built on about 33 feet of federal property without proper advance permission.
“This is normally done well in advance of a construction project,” said Lori Kuczmanski, a spokeswoman for the International Boundary and Water Commission, which handles waterway issues between the U.S. and Mexico. “They think they can build now and ask questions later, and that’s not how it works.”
Commission officials propped open that gate in response earlier this week, to preserve public access and, by extension, making the wall easy to breach.
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