A caretaker and part owner of a company situated on the U.S. southern border that donated land on which a portion of privately-funded border wall was built, has a message for a meddling environmental group and its supporters: there will be legal action if the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) causes him harm.
“If the she fights to keep that gate open and wins,” Jeff Allen said, “and if myself or anyone I care about gets hurt because of it, I will hold her legally and civilly responsible.”
Allen told The Rundown News that the same promise of legal accountability applies to IBWC. There have been past kerfuffles involving the open gate, which the IBWC forced the construction crew to build, only to leave it open during the daytime. Illegal aliens are known to cross the border through the open gate.
In his statement, Allen was referring directly to Cindy Medina, a local historian who attempted to cross onto his property illegally to get to Monument One, where Mexico, New Mexico, and Texas meet. It is not exactly a tourist destination, but local media are agitating for a fight after Medina claimed that Allen was rude to her during their interaction on the private land. There is an alternate route to the monument that does not involve crossing American Eagle Brick’s property.
Allen is a minority owner of American Eagle Brick and lives on the land full time. He spoke with The Rundown News in November after the IBWC left the gate open during a visit by Chad Wolf, the Department of Homeland Security Secretary. He said that the property is a high traffic area for illegal border crossings.
The Rundown News reported:
“Every day between five and six in the morning the [IBWC] officer comes over and opens the gate,” he said. “He comes back and closes between six and eight at night.”
Allen said that he believes the IBWC is opening the gate intentionally to let illegal aliens through, since the barrier built by We Build The Wall halted the flow of illegal aliens in that region.
“This has been going on since the wall was finished,” he said. They’re doing this be as anti-American as they can.”
Allen, who has lived on the property since 2011 and is the caretaker of the land, said that between 50 and 150 illegal aliens used to cross there daily. Now there are far fewer, he said, but with the help of the IBWC, they continue to cross.
“I see a handful of illegals cross here a week,” he said. “That’s just the ones I see. As far as how many actually come through, I have no idea.”
The IBWC tied up a second private border wall project in Mission, TX in federal court for a month. It is an environmental group half-controlled by the United States and half-controlled by Mexico.
Both projects were funded by non-profit We Build The Wall, and construction company Fisher Industries was contracted to build on both land parcels.
The IBWC has forced the private border building and funding groups to jump through various loopholes, legal and otherwise, in order build portions of border wall on private land.