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Customs & Border Patrol Employee Donated to We Build Wall GoFundMe

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Customs & Border Patrol Employee Donated to We Build Wall GoFundMe


In late 2018, a GoFundMe online blew up, raising millions in support of then-President Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. We Build the Wall, started by disabled veteran Brian Kolfage, exploded in popularity, receiving at least $25 million in donations for the project.

It was a fundraiser aided, at least in part, by someone at U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP), who donated to the GoFundMe, according to emails obtained by the Daily Dot by a public records request.

CBP, a branch of the Department of Homeland Security, is tasked with enforcing immigration and safeguarding the U.S. border. It came under some fire after Kolfage claimed he was in contact with the agency about his private endeavor to build part of the border wall, with accusations that a government agency was abetting a partisan entity.

We Build the Wall added pro-Trump immigration hawks such as Steve Bannon and Kris Kobach to its board as it grew in scope and size. The fundraising, though, eventually ended in indictments, guilty pleas, and presidential pardons after it turned out Kolfage and Bannon misappropriated the money.

The plan to build a wall came after Trump supporters grew frustrated with his efforts routinely being stymied by both Congress and the courts. The GoFundMe launched with an explicitly partisan bent, declaring that if every one of the people who voted for Trump donated $80, they’d have the $5 billion needed to finish what…

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