McAllen, TX — Fisher Industries will be able to continue building 3.5 miles of border wall in Mission, TX after U.S. District Judge Randy Crane Thursday lifted a temporary restraining order (TRO) that halted construction in mid-December.
According to a source who was present inside the courtroom, Crane blasted National Butterfly Center’s (NBC) attorney Javier Pena for mulching over the same material which was already presented to the court last week, when a portion of the TRO was lifted. In so doing, he even referred to the group as “the butterfly people.” On behalf of the NBC, the North American Butterfly Association (NABC) had sued Neuhaus & Sons, which owns the land on which Fisher Industries is building. They claimed that building the wall would disturb the butterflies.
The source told The Rundown News that the federal government, on behalf of the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC), was ill-prepared for the hearing. Last week, the IBWC received 1D and 2D hydrology study models from Fisher Industries – essentially models that predict the environmental impact of building a wall on the property – but claimed they hadn’t had the time to fully analyze them. Court was adjourned last week with the expectation that such analysis would be done by today’s hearing.
But the IBWC witness, according to the the source, claimed Thursday that their computer systems crashed Wednesday night, and that they were not able to complete their analysis.
Meanwhile, Fisher Industries presented their modeling, which used the IBWC’s own modeling program, and showed Crane that there would be no negative environmental ramifications.
After the hearing, an angry Marianna Trevino-Wright, the director of the NBC, reportedly verbally accosted The Rundown News’ source outside of the courthouse, located in the Bentsen Building in downtown McAllen.
Fisher Industries was contracted by We Build The Wall (WBTW), the viral non-profit crowdfunding campaign which has already used donations to build a portion of wall in Sundland Park, NM, and has plans for several more job sites in the near future.
WBTW founder Brian Kolfage, an Air Force Veteran, celebrated the win on Twitter:
Kolfage had a simple message for The Rundown News.
“Evil never wins,” he said.
Mary Ann Mendoza, an Angel Mom whose son was killed by an illegal alien, was thrilled with the court victory too.
“First of all, this is very important to me because of what has happened to every Angel Family,” she said in a phone interview. “We have been forever permanently separated from our loved ones by people who came here illegally. Every single foot of border wall is just giving us hope in our politicians, judges – that they will see that this is what is needed to protect Americans.”
She also noted that it is increasingly important to close the borders due to the threat of Middle Eastern terror and the current entanglement with Iran, and the fact that there are known terrorists who have crossed the U.S. southern border and walk among ordinary Americans.
She also blasted the Democrats for their open borders positions.
“I’m all about protecting these people who are being exploited,” she said. “Politicians are aiding and abetting cartel terrorist organizations who exploit and extort illegal immigrant families, and even use them as sex slaves. I feel that the Democratic Party is supporting modern day slavery by supporting open borders.”
Thursday was a monumental day for border security. President Donald J. Trump announced that an appeals court reversed a lower court ruling that will allow him to use military funds to build portions of border wall.
“Breaking News: The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals just reversed a lower court decision & gave us the go ahead to build one of the largest sections of the desperately needed Southern Border Wall, Four Billion Dollars. Entire Wall is under construction or getting ready to start!” he said.