President Donald Trump’s vow to accelerate construction of a “contiguous, physical wall” along the Mexican border is slamming into a Washington reality— who’s going to pay for it and how?
Armed with sky-blue paint, artist Ana Teresa Fernandez began to “erase” the border fence that splits up Mexico and the U.S. near Nogales, Mexico.
Fernandez, who was born in Mexico but raised in San Diego, is leading an effort to paint the border fence in Nogales, Sonora, so blue that it blends with the sky, rendering it nearly invisible. Nogales sits on the border with Nogales, Arizona.
Fernandez solicited the help of about 30 volunteers who helped paint.
“This wall has become a symbol of pain, a symbol where we lament the lives who have not been able to cross it,” Fernandez said.
The artist wants to use her painting as a visual platform of migrant and human rights on an international level.
“For me, the border, the border wall, is like a tombstone,” she said.
Neither the Mexican or U.S. authorities interrupted the painters as they covered a little over 30 feet of fencing with blue paint.
“It’s not erasing the border, it’s pulling the sky down to us,” the 34-year-old said.
This isn’t the first time Fernandez “pulls down they sky.”
She painted the border fence on a beach in Tijuana in 2012, saying the border fence mostly exists for Mexicans, not Americans.
This week’s project attracted the attention of Luis Guerra, an immigrant who was deported two years ago. Guerra lived in the U.S. since he was 13 years old and has U.S.-born children. The 36-year-old said he can’t enter to the U.S. to see his family.
Guerra volunteered to paint.
“It gives me strength. It makes me feel like I’m strong,” Guerra said. “Now I don’t feel like I’m in jail. It looks nice.”
Susannah Castro, of Border Community Alliance, invited Fernandez to take on this project. She said Mexican authorities were made aware of the project and didn’t object.
“We’re not doing anything illegal. We’re an humanitarian organization and we’re not gonna shy away from these topics,” Castro said.
Added Fernandez: “The role of an artist is to make sure people don’t become compliant.”
Charles L. Worley of the Providence Road Baptist Church in Maiden, N.C., is shown in a video suggesting that gays and lesbians should be rounded up behind an electric fence.
Worley, in a May 13 sermon denouncing President Barack Obama’s endorsement of same-sex marriage, said, “I figured a way to get rid of all the lesbians and queers. Build a great, big, large fence – 150 or 100 mile long – put all the lesbians in there, [drop some food down] …Do the same thing for the queers and the homosexuals and have that fence electrified so they can’t get out. …And you know what, in a few years, they’ll die out.”
The video was posted to the Web on May 21.
A protest at the North Carolina church is planned for May 27.
Worley says he believes what he said.
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