An unelected mayor of a New Mexico town has issued a cease-desist-order to the “We Build the Wall” group, which is using crowdfunded cash to build a section of border wall on private land.
Javier Perea, the mayor of City of Sunland Park, said the group was in violation of a city ordinance stating that any fencing can only be only be six feet high, according to CBS4. The group reportedly applied for a permit to build a taller fence, but the Mayor’s office said it was incomplete.
Perea was appointed mayor in 2012, and has held office ever since. He is described as “liberal” by the Tennessee Star.
“We Build the Wall” released a statement in response to the order:
”We Build The Wall has done everything they need to do to be in compliance with all regulations. We’ve had members from Sunland Park city government out to inspect the site and to witness the first concrete pour. We believe this is a last ditch effort to intimidate us from completing this historic project by a local government with a long history of corruption problems.”
Former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is the general counsel for “We Build the Wall,” which has obtained non-profit status.
He said that the section of wall is 80 percent complete, but is currently halted while they figure out how to proceed with the town, according to The Washington Times.
“He sounded confident that the project will be completed, saying city inspectors had been out to the site during construction on Friday, and officials had given them the go-ahead to build, and to pay the permit fee later, when the person who sets the rate returns from time off,” the report said.
Both sides are reportedly ready to take the issue to the local courts, unless it is resolved.
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