A Hispanic businessman has reportedly received numerous death threats after offering to build a secure wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Michael Evangelista Ysasaga, CEO of the Penna Group, told Fox News Channel’s “Fox and Friends” on Saturday he has received numerous threats for offering to build a wall along the Mexico border.
“Well, they’re saying a lot of horrible things,” said Ysasaga. “My office is flooded with these calls my staffers are taking, these calls—things like, ‘We know where you are,’ ‘You’re going to regret what you are doing.’ Things like that. ‘We’re going to get you.’ All that. ‘Watch your back. There’s a price to pay for what you’re doing.’ Stuff like that, pretty serious.”
The Penna Group submitted a bid to build the border wall just two weeks ago, and Ysasaga says his infrastructure business didn’t “enter into this thing lightly.”
“What’s interesting is that my company didn’t enter into this thing lightly,” Ysasaga said. “And you have to understand the federal government, they rely on us, the federal contractors, for the design and the build of this wall. It’s not as if they have a set of plans and specs that they hand and say, ‘This is our wall. Please build it.’ They’re actually relying on us for the design.”
“And the reason we decided to enter this conversation, and my team, which is 80 percent of Mexican-American origin, we decided after hearing some very disturbing rumors about some of the lethal options, in terms of the designs, so we didn’t want to wake up on a Sunday morning and hear about a half-a-dozen Guatemalan kids that were electrocuted or seriously injured by razor wire,” Ysasaga said.
Ysasaga told “Fox and Friends” he’s convinced building a border wall in the only way the country can move forward on other immigration reform issues.
“I’ve been lecturing on immigration reform for the past 10 years, and what I have found is that the American people, and certainly our politicians, do not have the appetite to pass a new set of laws regarding immigration reform when we aren’t even enforcing the laws on the books, including and especially securing our border,” Ysasaga said.
A January 2017 survey by Rasmussen Reports revealed a slim majority of likely voters support building a wall on the Mexican border, with 48 percent lending their support and 46 percent saying they oppose the plan. It’s noteworthy opposition to the border wall has expanded significantly since August 2015, when Rasmussen Reports found only 37 percent of respondents were against the wall, according to a report published by Newsmax.