RIO GRANDE, TEXAS
51-year old, Texas native, Tommy Fisher, spent $30 million of his own money to build a private 3-mile wall at the U.S – Mexico border in Texas. According to a report from Bloomberg, Fisher is now looking for someone to buy the wall from him.
Fisher’s wall is reportedly consists of “15,000 18-foot steel bollards” spaced 5 inches apart. Fisher said the wall became his personal project in 2016 when Trump got elected.
In 2019, We Build The Wall, an organization dedicated to crowdsourcing funds to build a border wall, paid Fisher’s company (Fisher Industries) $6.9 million to build a half-mile section of wall in New Mexico. “We Build The Wall” was founded by, U.S Veteran, Brian Kolfage. The “We Build The Wall” organization was co-led by…..Steve Bannon.
In late 2019, Fisher started building a second stretch of wall in Texas after he received an additional $1.5 million from the organization. Fisher later parted ways with the organization, and continued building the second wall. The cost was $30 million. Twenty times the original estimate.
In 2019, Kolfage, Bannon, and two others were indicted on suspicion of defrauding donors of $25 million in connection with the organization. Bannon was given a pardon for the crime by Trump just before he left office. Fisher’s work with “We Build The Wall” helped him secure more than $2 billion in contracts from the Trump administration, despite portions of his builds being plagued by design problems and poor construction, according to The Washington Post. Environmental groups and neighbors complained about the location of the wall, saying it was built too close to the river and could worsen flooding. Fisher Industries was sued by the National Butterfly Center last year for this exact thing.
So far, there have been no offers to buy Fisher’s wall. He’s reportedly hoping the government will step in and buy it from him.