During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump vowed to build a wall on the U.S. – Mexico border and have Mexico pay for it. While the Mexican government has denied it will pay for the wall, it might not be feasible to build a nearly 2,000 mile wall.
On AgriTalk Tuesday, J Carnes of Winter Garden Produce in Uvalde, Tx. said the physical nature of the border wouldn’t allow for a wall. He said in higher traffic areas and bigger cities, a wall would make sense. He, and others, have one major concern.
“As we go through more and more of these security-type measures, we haven’t fixed the problem,” said Carnes.
Most of Winter Garden Produce’s fields are approximately 50 miles from the border, and Carnes has witnessed a lot of people have legal means to be in the U.S. on a daily or weekly basis. Some, he said, have homes on either side of the border.
“We really need a guest worker program that works for employers that’s able to satisfy our labor needs,” said Carnes.
Listen to Carnes discuss NAFTA, how immigration control is a “multi-faceted approach” and he fields questions from Jim Wiesmeyer of Informa and John Phipps of U.S. Farm Report on AgriTalk above.