Pro-Trump Latinos Stun CNN: We Want a ‘Longer and Taller’ Wall
Erin Burnett OutFront and CNN’s Miguel Marquez were forced to report on figures
Latinos who support President Donald Trump and his border wall stunned CNN who went out to the U.S.-Mexico border expecting to hear an opposite reaction.
Erin Burnett OutFront and CNN’s Miguel Marquez were forced to report that 34% of Latinos approved of the president's wall in a CNN poll.
Both were looking puzzled, Marquez reported that despite a majority of Latinos disapproving of Trump, there are many along the U.S.-Mexico border who support Trump and believe there is a “national emergency” at the border.
The Latin Trump supporters added they would like the border wall “doubled” or “tripled.”
Rolando Rodriguez, a resident close to the border in McAllen, Texas, said he wants a 2,600-mile border wall that is “longer and taller.”
Rodriguez was then asked how much taller he wanted the wall to be, he replied, “twice as much at least.”
He also added that he believed that the border wall would be a barrier for the “bad people” and not the “good people.”
CNN then interviewed Mayra Gutierrez, another Latino who is currently obtaining her U.S. citizenship so she can vote for Trump.
She said her reasons for supporting Trump were because of abortion, the economy, and immigration.
“We do have a lot of problems here with immigration, and I do support his stance for the wall,” Gutierrez told CNN.
A lot of Latinos were out in full support of Trump the last time he visited, according to Joacim Hernandez, the president of the Hidalgo County Young Republicans.
What Marquez’s said echoed what María Elena Salinas told CNN in January about Trump’s appeal among a notable number of Latinos.
Salinas also suggested that Trump may have more support from Latinos than polling implies.
The legendary Spanish-language anchor who was hailed as the “voice of Hispanic America,” said he was upset that Latinos “are buying some of these arguments against undocumented immigrants” that Trump has been making.
“And it’s very sad to see that our own people, who are immigrants themselves, are attacking these immigrants that are trying to come in, knowing themselves how difficult the situation is in a lot of these Latin American countries,” Salinas said then.
“And, you know, they’re buying it, and some people, just like some other Trump supporters, are saying, well, you know, so what if he tells lies, as long as we have lower unemployment among the Latino community.”
In February, CNN Political Director David Chalian was forced to report that massive 76% of viewers who watched Trump's speech approved of it.
But seemingly unable to handle facts and figures, Chalian began suggesting that more Republicans watched the speech than Democrats.
"So I just want to stress here for a state of the Union address, the president's president's partisans, his supporters, tend to turn out to watch the speech," Chalian said on air Tuesday night.
Trump's border wall may have found possible funding after the Defense Department identified $12.8 billion that could be utilized for its construction.
Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I released a 20-page spreadsheet. On Twitter.
In February, Trump made steps to allocate $8 billion from various federal agencies after he declared a national emergency to fund the southern border wall.