Esquire sent a journalist to Texas with orders to survey the people living along the border and ask them what they think needs to be done to stop the flow of illegal immigrants.
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The magazine's editor-in-chief, Jay Fielden, recently appeared on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" to explain what happened when Esquire sent what host Joe Scarborough referred to as a "liberal journalist" to the Texas-Mexico border. Fielden said he instructed the reporter to "go down there with no preconceived notions, just an empty notebook."
Fielden, a former Texan, explained the assignment was to drive or walk the 800-mile border and "talk to whoever you see and let them tell us what's really going on and whether we need a wall," he told Scarborough and his panel.
"They said, 'Build the wall,'" Fielden said, adding, "Hispanic, Anglo, Democratic, Republican, uncommitted, clueless, whatever, they said, 'We want a wall, and we want it tied to some compassion.'"
"Most of those Hispanics are first-generation and they see it as unfair," he said. "I think they feel, as one guy said, 'Get in line.'"
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