As the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border reaches a fever pitch, street reporter Austen Fleccas created and released a compilation video that featured anti-Trump protesters talking about illegal immigration.
Most of those people Fleccas interviewed said that they preferred open borders to thwarting illegal immigration.
What's in this video?
Fleccas' video featured many anti-Trump protesters — some of whom expressed their displeasure at Trump's policies with colorful language and gestures — as well as people who support Trump and his policies, including a Latino woman and an Indian man.
The video also revealed such facts as:
- "In California, illegal immigrants and their children make up almost 11 percent of the population."
- Note: In this case, the current approximate population of California state is 39.54 million. 11 percent of that population figures out to be just about 4,349,400. That number — of illegal immigrants — is more than the combined populations of the entire states of Delaware, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Wyoming.
- "Government expenditures on illegal immigration totals $135 billion annually, while illegal immigrants only pay $19 billion in taxes."
The video also features footage of former President Barack Obama talking about cracking down on illegal immigration, as well as footage of similar commentary from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and even former Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
Fleccas shared the video on his YouTube channel on Tuesday with the caption, "A compilation of all of the immigration protesters I've come into contact over the past year and a half. A lot of the immigration issues we have today have been problems for years but most of the demonstrators I've spoken with are outraged now because Donald Trump is the president."
"Another great aspect of Trump's presidency is that it is allowing for full transparency within our government," he adds.
The video has received over 100,000 views on YouTube. [ Warning: rough content and language ]