Fear and rage on US-Mexico border

Fear and rage on US-Mexico border, by Javier Tovar.

At the busy San Ysidro border crossing between the United States and Mexico, it’s hard to find anyone with positive words about President Donald Trump’s vow to build a wall between the two countries.


San Ysidro border crossing, San Diiego, traffic from Mexico to the US

Here at the border crossing that connects the US city of San Ysidro with the Mexican city of Tijuana — the world’s busiest border crossing — an imposing physical barrier already stands tall. … More than 65 million people cross between Tijuana and San Ysidro each year, close to the 75 million passengers who transit through the Los Angeles International Airport annually. …

On the US side of the border, more Spanish than English can be heard on the streets and in local stores.

Even US border agents speak Spanish as they eat tacos and drink horchata — a milky Mexican drink made from rice or nuts — at a local eatery.

The prospect of Trump’s wall “hurts me because on that side are my people,” said Hector, 52, a carpet cleaner who declined to give his last name. “Those people, like me, come to work out of necessity.”

Now a US citizen, Hector said he entered the United States illegally 12 years ago.

Marci Ponce was reading the Mexican daily Frontera newspaper, which he bought in Tijuana, on the US side at the exit of the western pedestrian bridge.

Trump “has the right to protect his home, but he can pay for it himself,” said Sergio Moreno, 54, a Tijuana-based businessman who regularly crosses into the United States to buy supplies for his store. “He’s showing that he’s against anything that’s not from the United States,” Moreno added. “He’s a racist.”