This week on MSNBC's Morning Joe, Esquire Editor-in-Chief Jay Fielden describes sending one of his liberal journalists to the U.S.-Mexico border to find out what the locals are saying about illegal immigration. The journalist came back agreeing with Donald Trump saying, "Build that wall."
Fielden went into detail about this accidental journalism:
"You gotta go down there with no preconceived notions, right, just an empty notebook. Go to my former home state and walk the border, drive the border 800 miles and talk to whoever you see and let them tell us what they think about what's really going on -- whether we need a wall, in fact. Instead of hearing it from the debate stage, let's hear it from the people who are down there everyday."
The locals' conclusion? "They said, 'Build the wall,'" according to Fielden. "They said two things -- whether Hispanic, Anglo, Democrat, Republican, uncommitted, clueless, whatever -- they said, 'We want a wall and yet, we want it to be married with some compassion for the people we're trying to keep from jumping over the wall.'"
The Esquire article explains that Hispanics are the ones who are less sympathetic about illegals crossing the border, far more so than whites. Fielden said they view the situation as unfair because many first generation immigrants came over the legal way and are now having to compete for jobs with those doing it illegally on a daily basis.
"Let 'em get in line," he said, quoting one local legal immigrant.
The journalist spoke with border agents, as well, and they expressed desire for a "comprehensive solution" which includes a partial wall, boots on the ground, and greater cooperation with the federal government, according to Fielden.
The MSNBC panel, along with Fielden, concluded that Trump has exaggerated too much when it comes to his plans for building a wall and that it isn't really the only solution. Fielden said there would need to be reforms inside Mexico, as well, for any of this to work.
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