EL PASO, Texas (KFOX14) — El Pasoans experience what border life is like on a daily basis.
It is a touchy subject, though, so some people were hesitant about sharing their perspective, while others had some suggestions for our lawmakers.
“They should just use more technology -- drones and all that other stuff. That’s how you should invest all that money, not just on a wall. I could jump a wall. ... As fat as I am, I could jump a wall,” said Omar Reyes from downtown El Paso.
“We want legal immigration. These people pay thousands of dollars, sell all their belongings and everything and give money to the cartels. Why can’t they go to a consulate and apply legally?” said George and Frances Birdseye of west El Paso.
Other El Pasoans are worried the government shutdown will continue, in part over this issue.
Addressing the nation from the Oval Office for the first time, President Donald Trump argued for spending some $5.7 billion for a border wall on both security and humanitarian grounds as he sought to put pressure on newly empowered Democrats amid the extended shutdown.
Democrats in response accused Trump of appealing to "fear, not facts" and manufacturing a border crisis for political gain.
Trump will visit the McAllen border Thursday.