According to an interview with a journalist and a photojournalist who traveled the entire U.S./Mexico border, President Donald Trump's drive to build a wall along the entire expanse has brought liberals and conservatives together -- to oppose it.
In an interview with Buzzfeed, photographer Elliot Ross and writer Genevieve Allison said they spent weeks traveling the region while working in their book "American Backyard." What they discovered was opposition across the board from people of all political stripes against the project for a variety of reasons.
According to the report, "Their project was born from a desire to see how people along the border felt about the increased calls for a wall from political factions elsewhere."
Asked about what they discovered from talking to residents who would be directly affected by the controversial undertaking that Trump has bet his 2020 re-election on, they claimed it is not near the divisive subject it is in other states that would barely be impacted but where anti-immigrant pro-Trump sentiment is strong.
"The singular most surprising thing going into this was seeing this core issue of building a wall as not this really divisive thing," Ross admitted. "Within the national discourse it is, but once you get to the borderland and meet the people who live with the border as a part of their daily life, across the board, rather than it being a divisive issue, it's one that brings people together in opposition. That was surprising to us."
According to the photographer, opposition come from both sides of the political aisle.
"From far right to far left, and for different reasons," he explained. "The Republicans have very Republican reasons: They want to avoid federal overreach — and the government coming in and taking their land, using eminent domain for the border, is the definition of federal overreach."
Ross claimed that he and his partner did discover some people who supported the wall -- but it was limited to "a handful."
"For all the thousands of people that we met, we only met a handful who were pro-construction of the wall, and that's something that is not really acknowledged," he recalled, adding that the controversy over building the wall is found elsewhere where people's daily lives won't be disrupted. "I feel like so much of this conversation is driven when anecdotes are needed from a very few select group of people, most of whom don’t even live in the borderland."
You can read more about their project and what they observed here.