The Crowdfunding platform GoFundMe said that more than $ 20 million in donations were slated to be repaid after a $ 1 billion campaign for the Trump administration to build a wall on the border where Mexico had fallen far from its goal.  The reinforcement campaign, which began last month, had gone viral as President Trump's attempt to get the Congress to pay for the wall arose a heated political dispute and resulted in a partial closure of the federal government.
More than 325,000 donors had pledged in the GoFundMe campaign that the organizer, a Florida veteran named Brian Kolfage, would have used for President Trump's boundary.
Mr. Kolfage said in an interview to donate to the government would have required approval from the congress and that he knew that a democratically controlled house would not give his approval.
Instead, Kolfage said he has formed a Florida-based non-profit nonprofit organization called We Build the Wall that will use donations to fund a private effort to build parts of the wall where private landowners allow building.
Donations from GoFundMe must proactively choose to redirect their money to non-profit; Otherwise they would be refunded.
Mr. Kolfage said he did not know exactly how many donors would want to redirect their money, or how many landowners would want parts of the wall constructed on their properties.
"When the Americans see us completing real miles of beautiful wall, we know that we will raise the many billions we need to finally secure the entire border," says Kolfage on the updated GoFundMe campaign page.
The Department of Homeland Security and the Trump Administration did not respond to the request for comment on Friday evening on the possibility of a privately funded effort to build the wall.
Usually, GoFundMe campaigns can raise money even if they do not meet their goal.
But Bobby Whithorne, a spokesman for GoFundMe, said in a statement on Friday that Mr. Kolfage's original campaign page had said that "If we do not reach our goal or come close, we will repay every penny" and that "100% of your donations go to the Trump wall. If for some reason we do not reach our goal, we will refund your donation."
Mr. Whithorne said that because the campaign would not reach the goal of $ 1 billion and that both GoFundMe and Mr. Kolfage had decided that the money raised could not be given to the federal government, GoFundMe had contacted all donors to the original campaign for the repayment.
Donor may request a refund immediately, says Whithorne, but if they do not choose to redirect their money to non-profit, they will automatically receive a 90-day refund.
Immigration groups had condemned the GoFundMe campaign as a xenophobic result of fear of immigrants. Some had launched competing fundraising campaigns to raise funds for the refugee and immigration center for education and legal services, a Texas non-profit organization called Raices.
Jonathan Ryan, president and chief executive of Raices, said that despite the change in Mr Kolfage's campaign, the original critics still stand.
"It's a difference without change," Ryan said. "The wall remains in the wrong direction for us as a country, something that will not help promote any of our national interests and it would only serve to further damage vulnerable refugees and immigrants seeking protection in our country."
This week, sir. Trump appeared on television in an effort to push the Congress to pay for the frontier wall, which characterizes the situation at the Mexican border as a "humanitarian crisis" that exposed the country to crime, drugs and terrorism.
Experts point out that migration border crossings have declined for about two decades. The State Department said in a recent report that there was "credible evidence" that terrorist groups had sent operators to the country through Mexico.