Against all odds, in The American builder is looking for buyers – or investors – for his nearly $ 30 million privately built along the Rio Grande, which he considers part of former President Donald Trump’s southern border wall, Bloomberg reports.
Tommy Fisher, Director of Fisher Sand and Gravel Co., is widely known as the inexperienced builder similar to got $ 2.5 billion in contracts from the Trump administration to build 135 miles of wall sections near Yuma and Nogales in Arizonaand El Paso and Laredo in Texas.
The largest border wall contracts in history were awarded to Fisher’s company, after it was initially ignored, once it went to Fox News repeatedly for Appeal directly to Trump and his cronies. (A previous $ 400 million Fisher contract was delayed by an audit released after allegations of undue influence from the White House.)
Those projects are seriously on hold now that the Biden administration has deemed the waste of the wall “unnecessary.”
But Fisher has already built two sections of the wall, more precisely, very tall fences of long rows of steel bollards, using private funds on private land.
He erected the first half-mile section in the New Mexico hills in 2019, paid for with $ 6.9 million in donations from Trump supporters to We Build The Wall. The organization was founded by pro-Trump Iraq war veteran Brian Kolfage and former Trump adviser Steve Bannon, who were later charged with fraud with two others for allegedly defrauding donors of $ 25 million. Bannon received a pardon from Trump on the charges earlier this year, just before leaving office.
Fisher’s three-mile “wall” available to shoppers now sits along the Rio Grande near McAllen, Texas. WBTW was supposed to pay too. But Fisher told Bloomberg that he received only $ 1.5 million from the organization for the project, which he said cost him a total of $ 30 million. You are now looking to download it.
Fisher told Bloomberg that he thought building part of the nearly 2,000-mile border wall promised by Trump would be “fun.” Trump’s project, he imagined, “would be remembered as the Hoover Dam.”
So far it doesn’t seem like a project for the history books. Fisher has been sued by the National Butterfly Center along the Rio Grande, whose officials accuse its wall could divert water and debris back to its land in a flood with dire consequences for butterflies.
And once Joe Biden moved into the White House, the odds of the United States “purchasing an unauthorized border wall associated with an alleged criminal enterprise run by Steve Bannon decreased significantly,” Bloomberg noted.
Fisher told Bloomberg that it would be best if some interested buyers, potentially including the federal government, or investors, checked his wall.
“I think they have to remove the stigma from the wall like, I mean, you know what I’m saying, kind of racist?” he told Bloomberg. “It’s a border, it’s a barrier, that’s all it means.”
You could also imagine it as, say, a very long “bike path” alongside an extremely tall fence, he suggested.
Fisher dreams of not just selling his existing section of wall; It would love to expand it, charging investors $ 20 million for each additional mile, according to Bloomberg. Pointing to his wall, he asked Bloomberg, “Can you imagine if this was 50 to 100 miles, and this was a bike lane that you could use?”
Review the full Bloomberg article here.
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