SUNLAND PARK, NM (KFOX14) — The U.S. Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission released a statement Tuesday about the border fence built by We Build the Wall in Sunland Park, New Mexico.
‘Their application to build the gate on federal lands was incomplete, while they completed forms 21a, 32c, 33d, 1038-f, 302a, and 302b-z, there was a missing line in form 30203.”
The USIBWC said they will lock the privately owned gate effective immediately due to security concerns.
The USIBWC said they are continuing to work with We Build the Wall regarding its permit request. Until then, the private gate was in a locked open position.
“It is important to allow free access into our country at this gate” said a IBWC official.
The USIBWC said in its statement that a private gate was built on federal land by We Build the Wall without authority and was locked closed on June 6.
The gate blocks a levee road owned by the U.S. government and the USIBWC said that after repeated requests to unlock and open the gate, it removed the private lock, opened the gate and locked it in the open position pending further discussions with We Build the Wall. USIBWC said it was accompanied by two uniformed law enforcement officers from the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office.
The USIBWC addressed recent remarks by We Build the Wall in its statement below:
“The USIBWC did not authorize the construction of the private gate on federal property as announced on We Build the Wall’s Twitter page. The USIBWC is not charged with securing other fences or gates as reported by We Build the Wall. The international border fences are not on USIBWC property. The USIBWC did not open any other gates in the El Paso area as erroneously reported. Other gates and the border fence are controlled by other federal agencies.”
The USIBWC said We Build the Wall submitted an incomplete application permit to the agency on June 2, to which it responded on June 6 with questions and requests for additional information.
The president of We Build The Wall, Brian Kolfauge said there was miscommunication between the group and IBWC. He said the commission spoke with a person that was not affiliated with We Build The Wall.
“It is right next to our fenced in area of the gate and where the I’ll call it unpermitted gate is, it’s funneling immigrants into the dam and we have infrastructure that’s expensive and very insensitive,” said Lori Kuczmanski with IBWC.