Some residents of Calexico, California are complaining a barbed-wire reinforced section of border fence in the area is being used as White House political propaganda while the real danger will not be stopped by a wall, The New York Times reported.
"This is not a war zone," Maritza Hurtado, a tax and immigration consultant in Calexico, told the Times. "I've had a business here for 30 years, and we've never needed the barbed wire. Why now? To me, it feels as if I'm enclosed."
Though President Donald Trump last March pointed to renovation along 2 miles of border fencing in Calexico as "the start of our southern border wall," residents were angry when the military installed barbed wire on top of older border fencing that runs through downtown, the Times reported.
"This community is basically being used for political purposes," Hurtado, the town's former mayor, told the Times. "And it's happening throughout these border cities that are just like ours."
"Before we started this project here to do the replacement, Border Patrol came to visit us about three times to ask us to please participate in avoiding the drama. They came to say, three times, 'You guys, just so you know, we're starting this project, and it's not the wall," Hurtado, a Democrat, told the Times. "And then here comes Trump and says, 'It's the wall!'"
The real danger lies in drug trafficking conducted through sophisticated tunnel systems built by cartels, some residents told the Times.
"They're everywhere. Every new apartment complex you see go up, you figure" there might be a tunnel there, Victor Carrillo, a former City Council member, mayor and county supervisor told the Times.
Even a former conservative-leaning resident of the town has reservations about the White House messaging.
"We do not have a crisis on the border – we are not in fear of being invaded like he said," John Renison, an Army veteran, Calexico resident and former city council member and county supervisor who had been a registered Republican and now does not identify with either party, told the Times.
"What's really laughable is you think you're going to stop illegal immigration by constructing walls and fences."
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