LOCATION: In our tiny house in Mission, Texas
WEATHER: Overcast. High 70
The big news today is that Trump came to town. He flew in to our local airport, McAllen, about 5 miles from our house.
He was here, of courses, to talk about the WALL. It is scheduled to go within a mile or so of our house. So sad – will destroy a national butterfly center and bird center, as well as a cute original Spanish mission church. (The fiesty priest is fighting it). Our mayor is against the wall, and he had hoped to have a chance to speak with Trump, but I don’t think that happened. I saw on TV an interview with the Brownsville mayor (Brownsville being a major commercial border crossing). He is also against the wall, and was not invited to some sort of forum with the President.
Our community is divided on this issue. We have an unspoken agreement not to talk politics. Some of our community attended a protest along the street where he paraded. Some of us are concerned about how it might affect the value and vitality of our community. Some think that a wall would attract more residents, as they would feel more safe; others feel that it would be an ugly, huge distraction. We will see.
For now, McAllen is ranked one of the safest cities in the US. We have a strong border control presence. The only thing I have heard is that the illegals coming through our community are poor, bedraggled people begging for a drink of water and/or something to eat.
I went to water aerobics class, but no one showed up. I guess 69 degrees is too cool for these wimps!;-)
Other than the Trump excitement, we drove over to Harlingen airport to pick up our neighbor. We were afraid traffic would be backed up due to Trump’s visit, but it was fine.
When we returned, we had a cook-out get-together with our neighors. It was nice enough to sit outside. They have a nice pergola and fire pit.