Dispute over Monument One

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RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas – The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico is calling out the group that funded and built the border barrier on private property in Sunland Park, New Mexico, saying a gate installed by the group is blocking access to a historic public monument. 

The International Boundary and Water Commission is the agency overseeing Monument One. That is the historical marker in place where Texas, New Mexico, and Mexico all meet. 

The ACLU of New Mexico is calling on citizens to email the IBWC regarding the fence, saying the border barrier gate in place is blocking access to the historic marker. 

Our sister station drove out to the site on Sunday and saw the gate was closed.

But the We Build the Wall group says the IBWC knows about it.

“The only reason the construction site, we have the gate closed is so we can let the concrete cure for the backside of the base. It’s got to cure for over 72 hours so and then nobody is there we sent everybody home on Friday night.” Says Mike Fury a We Build the Wall foreman. 

According to the IBWC its legal team is expected to meet with We Build the Wall’s legal team to go over regulations. IBWC officials say the public will continue to have access to Monument One, adding the border barrier is away from it and not blocking it. 

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