Land Owner Supports Border Wall and Patrol on Her Property

BROWNSVILLE, Texas - With the possibility of more border wall on the horizon, thousands of people could be impacted, including in the Rio Grande Valley.

However, some residents on Oklahoma Avenue in Brownsville have already been directly affected, including Dottie Nye.

Nye’s property has been in her family since 1923. 

“It’s in our hearts it’s not [just] a piece of land it’s home in capital letters,” Nye said.

The invasion of her land hurt, but she believes the welfare of the country is more important.

“I grew up here and have experienced talking with many from other countries who have crossed over the River illegally and entered on our land,” she said. 

She emphasizes that while she has compassion for the people she meets, and their stories break her heart, they should pay the price for their illegal action, and that amnesty is a slap in the face for those who come legally, whom she welcomes.

“Once you start saying okay, we’ll forgive this illegal action because we don’t change the laws, but we’ll forgive it. Then if you forgive one, why don’t you forgive another and then another and then another, and that leads to anarchy,” Nye said. 

And that whatever happens on the border wall, and on her property doesn’t only impact her.

“What happens right here, it has nothing to do with my comfort it has everything to do with the state of our country and the laws, principles and values we choose to live by,” she said. 

And she believes the fence and border patrol are necessary.

“And if we don’t guard this just look at history, we are going to lose this country, and all these people who are coming in and demanding rights and so on, they’re creating what they’ve run away from,” she said. 

And Dottie is not the only one on Oklahoma Avenue in Brownsville who doesn’t mind having the border wall in their backyard.

“I don’t complain because, like I said it doesn’t affect me no way, there’s no issue about that wall,” said Ninfa Young. 

Young had no problem buying her house with the wall behind it seven years ago.

"Unless people that want to buy the property and don’t like the border wall, that’s the only way it’s going to affect the people who have their properties here,” she said. 

But she doesn’t think it’ll help stop illegal immigration.

“There’s an open space over there, it’s wide-open, security leaves like maybe sometime during the day if they’re going to cross they’re going to cross anyway,” she said. 

Which is an argument many have against the building of a border wall, including Congressman Henry Cuellar who believes the wall is expensive and ineffective, and that it will cost $21.2 million per mile.

“Compared to one million dollars of technology, we wanted to put technology camera sensors, aerostats  for border security,” Cuellar said, in D.C. while testifying against the wall. 

An approach that would allow many on Oklahoma avenue to keep all of their land, but for Nye, it’s a sacrifice she believes needs to be made.

“Though personally, I can’t say I like it I could show you pictures before this monster fence was built behind my house and around me and around in my fields, and the difference between that and today,” she said. 

However, she believes the country’s safety has to take priority over her personal feelings, and that is why she supports border patrol and the wall in her backyard. 


 


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