Texas Border Residents Launch Fundraising Campaign for Border Wall
Texas Residents raise $12,000 - 'We want our country safe'
A group of Texas border residents has launched a campaign to help pay for the construction of the border wall, already raising $12,000.
Meanwhile, President Trump visited the Rio Grande Valley to propose a $5.7 billion wall that is part of a comprehensive border security package.
We want our country safe,” said Marilou Prudencio.
She told KRGV her concern about too many people crossing the U.S. border into Texas illegally.
Some, like Prudencio, reside in the Texas border city year-round.
Prudencio said shes collected hundreds of donations by herself after informing her friends about her backyard border concern
She said the $12,000 the group raised was “a start.”
They wanted to do their part in helping to build the wall.
One of the members held a sign that read: “Save America for our children.”
According to Breitbart: Prudencio voiced concerns over foot traffic illegally crossing the border and traveling through the Rio Grande Valley.
“We might get messed up here very bad,” she said, underscoring what may happen in South Texas will travel northward.
“You’re going to get it up there.”
Most of this section of the border is the Rio Grande River, which changes in intensity concerning currents:
Most of the attempts by drug cartels to control migration occur in the South of the Texas border.
Criminal organizations like the Reynosa faction of the Gulf Cartel profit more from human smuggling than drug trafficking.
Claims by Democrats about the low crime rates in El Paso are an example of walls working.
In areas with considerable border barriers such as El Paso, the regional criminal groups turn more professional and shy away from illegal immigration to traffic harder drugs through ports of entry.
The presence of physical barriers in cities like El Paso has led to fewer people coming over the border to commit petty crimes or bring loads of drugs on their backs.
The criminal organizations in the area shifted toward corrupting U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials to smuggle harder drugs.
Last month, Brian Kolfage, a triple-amputee military veteran, and Purple Heart recipient, started a GoFundMe campaign called “We the People Will Fund the Wall” to nudge the federal government into allocating $1 billion to secure the border.
To date, more than 335,300 people have raised more than $20 million.
Prudencio said she wanted her group’s fundraising efforts to count by going straight to the border wall project without getting parked in a “department” or a general fund.
“Definitely to President Trump’s hands, so that nobody can mess with it — no congressmen, no senators to mess with it. Just for the bricks to the border,” said Prudencio.
“And we promise, we’re going to make it.”
Until they figure out how to do this, the Rio Grande Valley retirees will keep the $12,000 safely stored in a bank account earmarked for the border wall.