Friday, the company that has been privately contracted to build a portion of border wall in the Rio Grande Valley is set for a showdown with the federal government in a McAllen, TX court.
With money raised by patriotic citizens from around the country in a viral crowdfunding campaign, Fisher Industries was engaged by non-profit We Build The Wall to build a crucial barrier in a highly-trafficked border crossing zone in Mission, TX. They began the clearing process late last year, but their work was forced to a grinding halt shortly after the local social justice brigade began shrieking.
The National Butterfly Center (NBC), a nature preserve close to the worksite, along with a zealous local Catholic Priest, denounced the border security project. In particular, the NBC claimed that the project violates The Treaty of Nov. 23, 1970, wherein the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) was given jurisdiction to decide what could be built on the Mexican and American sides of the Rio Grande River. Over time, the IBWC has gained immense power to decide policies at the U.S. southern border with Mexico.
The IBWC is half-controlled by United States officials, and half by Mexican officials. It, like our neighbors to the south, is known for its corruption. Allegations against it include “Spying on employees, altering federal documents, [and] giving yourself (or a friend) a pay raise…” Its public relations lead on the U.S. side, Lori Kuczmanski, is a known hater of We Build The Wall.
On Dec. 5, the federal government ordered an injunction that initially halted Fisher Industries and We Build The Wall from continuing their work. Shortly thereafter, We Build The Wall was dropped as a party to the lawsuit, and the injunction was amended to allow certain operations to continue.
The concern, according to the IBWC, is a water-level rise in the Rio Grande Valley that would impact the natural habitat near the worksite. We Build The Wall founder Brian Kolfage and other leaders of the border security group are keen on noting that such environmental impact studies are not really a concern when building occurs on the Mexican side of the Rio Grande.
Specifically, the injunction stopped Fisher Industries from “constructing a bollard structure, wall or similar structure, pouring concrete or any other permanent structure within the floodplain within the floodplain of the Rio Grande River,” as well as “Shaving, grading or cutting of the bank of the Rio Grande River along the portion described in paragraph (a) until such time as USIBWC fulfills its analysis and other requirements pursuant to the 1970 Treaty
between the United States and Mexico,” according to court documents obtained by The Rundown News.
However, Fisher Industries was granted the ability “to clear and grub, construct the trench in which [Fisher Industries] propose to construct the bollard wall, place rebar and conduit in the trench and seed and plant those portions of the bank which have been graded.”
This nuance was lost among the mainstream press, which billed the court’s decision as a win for its own leftist, anti-borders agenda.
Speaking with The Rundown News, Fisher Industries owner Tommy Fisher was optimistic. He said that using the IWBC’s own computer models, the group found that their project will not raise the water levels of the Rio Grande River by any significant degree.
“I don’t think there’s anything they can do to hold us up now,” he said. “We performed the models the way they wanted.”
Fisher Industries was also recently awarded a $400 million contract from the Pentagon to build sections of border wall at the direction of the federal government.
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