LA JOYA, TX — A slow drive down this back road, and seeing the border wall up close forces us to stop.
In a little time that we’ve been here, we’ve seen two border patrol trucks or SUVs passed by, and also there’s a blimp that is monitoring this area, La Joya.
The wall, some parts are shorter than the rest and then there’s an opening. So there isn’t really a solid wall separating the U.S. border from Mexico in this area, in La Joya.
Part of the $1.6 billion funding for border security that Congress approved last March, about $650 million is for pedestrian fencing along the Rio Grande Valley.
Not for building any of these border wall prototypes that were introduced earlier this year.
On Sept. 21, along the border on the valley, agents seized 1,000 pounds of marijuana, arrested cartel and gang members, and caught a large number of family units and unaccompanied children including a very sick child. Valley border patrol officials shared these pictures with BA.
But these occurrences do not bother the Somosot family, or other Filipino residents here.
“There’s a humane compassion in the valley. So you won’t really feel like you’re illegal. If you’re illegal, you won’t feel it. If you’re an immigrant, you won’t really feel you’re an immigrant. You belong. You are part of the valley.”
A valley that sits at the center of one of the most heated issues in modern day politics.