MSNBC’s Gadi Schwartz interviewed Michael Evangelista-Ysasaga, CEO of the Penna Group, a Texas-based contracting firm who has put in a bid to build President Trump’s border wall with Mexico despite his heritage.
“When it comes to building the wall, competition is going to be fierce. There are more than 600 applications to build this wall. Ten percent of those coming from Hispanic-owned businesses,” Schwartz reports.
“Trump says he wants a big, beautiful wall. We think our concept accomplishes that,” Evangelista-Ysasaga said of his firm’s plan. Schwartz agreed.
He then asked Evangelista-Ysasaga if it was difficult for him to approach this project given that he is Hispanic and that 80 percent of his workers are Hispanic.
“It was. We had to do a lot of soul-searching,” Evangelista-Ysasaga told Schwartz. “The whole reason we decided to do this project is because of the concerns we had where other companies were proposing more lethal designs.”
“You’re talking about the electrified fences and the use of electricity,” Schwartz asked.
“Yeah, things like that. Very concerning for us as a company,” Evangelista-Ysasaga explained.
Evangelista-Ysasaga told Schwartz he thinks building this wall could lead to comprehensive immigration reform, telling Schwartz the first step America must take is securing its border.
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