A Different Kind of Border Wall

President Trump’s proposed budget cuts would erect an insurmountable barrier for low-income families trying to escape the cycle of poverty along the Texas-Mexico border.

Six grandchildren. Six different breakfasts.

Every morning, 69-year-old Teresa de Lozoya whips up what she can manage from food bank supplies and leftovers from church meal programs: a bowl of Ramen noodle soup, hot dogs scrambled with eggs, reheated plain hamburgers. Her deteriorating mobile home in Indian Hills, Texas, will have already reached the high 80s well before noon in the summer heat.

“I’ve been trying to save money for years to get the supplies to fix the walls and floor, but it always ends up going to something else that’s more important at the time,” she said.

Teresa’s daily struggles illustrate the common problems for low-income families along the Texas-Mexico border, and President Trump’s proposed federal budget cuts would erect a different kind of wall that will make it even harder for these families to escape the cycle of poverty. 

Approximately half a million low-income, immigrant Latinos like Teresa live along the Texas-Mexico border in almost 3,000 colonias — informal settlements built on cheap plots of land that tend to flood easily and lack a combination of electricity, paved roads, water and sewage systems.

President Trump’s 2018 federal budget proposal outlines cuts to Medicaid and anti-poverty programs that provide welfare and food assistance, which help the families living in colonias make ends meet. GOP representatives are currently working to make those cuts a reality, while already approving $1.6 billion in spending to begin funding Trump’s border wall.

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