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Spotlight on America: Where the wall ends in West Texas

Spotlight on America: Where the wall ends in West Texas

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi won't fund the president’s border wall, saying that walls are an old way of thinking and immoral.

In Wednesday's Spotlight on America, we head to areas of west Texas *with* and *without* border walls.

There's a town in west Texas, where they split their land between cotton and alfalfa.

“You want to rotate your crops,” said Brandon Henderson, a third generation farmer.

In Fort Hancock, their politics are also split, just like this border.

“They know that the wall would help,” said Henderson.

Henderson loves his grandfather's farm.

But here, there is no barrier between Mexico and the farm.

“It's just home for me, but I know there are some things we have to watch out for, like equipment,” he explains.

The whole country is talking about his backyard.

“It’s not your backyard, it's our backyard, we live it every day,” said Henderson.

He said he's never seen anyone crossing illegally, but that doesn't mean it doesn't happen.

“I'd like it to be a little safer,” he said.

Fifty miles south of El Paso, at a cafe in Fort Hancock, between sips of sweet tea and bites of burritos, some locals said they generally feel safe.

Others will tell you, they want to Washington to finish the wall.

Built about 10 years ago as part of the Secure Fence Act of 2006.

The fence abruptly stops on the Miller family farm, leaving about 10 miles exposed.

“You’re kind of on edge sometimes,” explained Henderson.

Locals said the fence reduced undocumented immigrant crossings from a decade ago.

But, those same farmers will add, there are places along the Texas border where a wall just doesn’t make sense.

“The agents take real good care of the border,” said Henderson.

As Border Patrol rolls by, farmers said manpower is as great an issue to them as the wall.

“We want to see more agents on the border,” one farmer said.

In El Paso city limits, there are other gaps in fencing.

Like the historic neighborhood of Chihuahuita.

“It's very secure,” said Robert Vega Jr.

He grew up here. Before the fence.

He doesn’t agree with a wall and he’s tired of seeing his city used as a political pawn.

“The wall is not the solution, we need more agents and more technology,” said Vega.

Maria Ruiz, a caregiver in the neighborhood, sees it differently.

“I don't know if we need it, but I am in favor, if it protects us,” she said.

North of downtown, it's hard to tell where El Paso ends and Juarez, Mexico,begins. Border Patrol agents watch this quiet spot.

They say there isn't much activity here.

From across the Rio, a Mexican journalist wishes us, "Buenos Noches."

Back on the Henderson farm, they'll wait to see what Washington decides, but if there's one thing farming has taught Brandon.

"You have to be patient, I'm learning that,” he said.

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