In Texas, construction is still underway for a private border wall despite a judge placing a temporary block on the erection.
According to The Hill, days after District Judge Keno Vasquez issued a temporary restraining order, construction crews in Texas were still working on a private wall between the Rio Grande that was funded by We Build the Wall, an organization raising donations to build private sections of the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Vasquez passed the injunction on Tuesday because construction on the barrier posed “imminent and irreparable damage” to the National Butterfly Center, a nearby 100-acre riverfront nature reserve.
“The property and rights involved are unique and irreplaceable, so that it will be impossible to accurately measure, in monetary terms, the damages caused by the Defendants’ conduct,” Vasquez wrote in the order.
Despite the block, Brian Kolfage, a military veteran who founded We Build the Wall in December of 2018, said construction was ongoing. He added that neither he nor the group had been served with the order.
Additionally, the Guardian reports that construction workers told a local sheriff’s office “they are not going to stop.”
While the border wall is largely being constructed under contracts by the federal government, We Build the Wall has privately raised funds to build segments of the barrier. In June, the organization finished a part of the wall in Sundland Park, New Mexico.