How Trump's Address Went Over at a CA Bar Near the Mexico Border
William La Jeunesse traveled to a California bar near the Mexican border to find out what locals thought about President Donald Trump's address to Congress and his plans to step up immigration enforcement.
La Jeunesse talked to patrons at Rosie O'Grady's Pub in San Ysidro, a working-class, ethnically-diverse area of San Diego.
In the address, Trump defended his stepped-up deportations and other border security plans, casting his immigration agenda as part of the broader economic plan and reopening the possibility of working with Democrats on immigration reform.
By enforcing immigration laws, he said, "we will raise wages, help the unemployed, save billions and billions of dollars, and make our communities safer for everyone."
After the speech, Maurice Vada said he supports Trump's deportation plans to a certain extent, preferring it only be applied to serious criminal aliens.
Vada expressed skepticism at the idea that undocumented workers are holding down wages for Americans, believing decisions by corporations are more to blame.
"People picking lettuce? I don't see any Trump supporters signing up for those jobs," he said.
La Jeunesse pointed out that near San Ysidro, illegal immigrants can climb a 10-foot fence, cross a short no-man's land and then cut a hole in a second fence in about 90 seconds.
He said it's a full-time job for authorities to repair the estimated 550 holes in the fence each year.
As for the proposed wall, most of the bar patrons were opposed, questioning the true effectiveness of such a barrier and doubting that it makes financial sense to spend the estimated $20 billion.
"There's no reason to say that building a wall is going to stop anybody," said Beverly Miller, who also said any criminal aliens in the U.S. "need to go."
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