On the Border, Little Enthusiasm for a Wall: ‘We Have Other Problems That Need Fixing’

The Borderland Cafe in Columbus, N.M., on Tuesday: Caitlin O'Hara for The New York Times

The Borderland Cafe in Columbus, N.M., on Tuesday: Caitlin O'Hara for The New York Times

From The New York Times. Written by  Simon RomeroManny FernandezJose A. Del Real and Azam Ahmed

COLUMBUS, N.M. — Just minutes from the border in rural New Mexico, the Borderland Cafe in the village of Columbus serves burritos and pizza to local residents, Border Patrol agents and visitors from other parts of the country seeking a glimpse of life on the frontier. The motto painted on the wall proclaims “Life is good in the Borderland.”

“This is the sleepiest little town you could think of,” said Adriana Zizumbo, 31, who was raised in Columbus and owns the cafe with her husband. “The only crisis we’re facing here is a shortage of labor. Fewer people cross the border to work than before, and Americans don’t want to get their hands dirty doing hard work.”

President Trump has shut down part of the government over border security and his plan to build a wall along the border with Mexico, and in a prime-time speech on Tuesday night he painted a bleak picture of life in towns like Columbus. Continue reading