When you want to keep people out, you build a wall — right?
Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has focused on building a wall on our southern borders to stop illegal immigration, an idea denounced by many.
“The feeling of it is really oppressive. It’s immense,” said one resident.
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has specifically attacked Trump’s idea, criticizing “fearful voices for building walls and distancing people they view as others.”
In April, Zuckerberg spoke about Facebook’s goal of sharing ideas during his company’s annual developer conference in San Francisco, and said “instead of building walls, we can help build bridges,” by welcoming refugees and immigrants.
And now Zuckerberg is building a wall. A big wall. Right around his lush, tropical property in Hawaii — and it’s ticking off the neighbors.
He bought his piece of Kauai paradise property in 2014 and has been adding to it, amassing a $100 million 750-acre retreat, which includes nearly 400 acres at Pila’a Beach on the north shore.
Gy Hall is one resident who has enjoyed the view of the ocean and the breeze along Koolau Road — until a few weeks ago, when a crew began building the Zuckerberg wall.
“The feeling of it is really oppressive. It’s immense,” Hall told West Hawaii Today. “It’s really sad that somebody would come in and buy a huge piece of land and the first thing they do is cut off this view that’s been available and appreciative [sic] by the community here for years.”
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Another Kilauea resident, Donna Mcmillen, calls the wall a “monstrosity.”
“I’m super unhappy about that. I know that land belongs to Zuckerberg. Money is no option for him. I’m 5’8″ and when I’m walking, I see nothing but wall,” Mcmillen said.
Many of the residents have tried reaching out and have put up signs, trying to appeal to Zuckerberg to stop building, but to no avail. The Facebook CEO has not commented.
Meanwhile, a new poll released by the University of Texas/Texas Politics Project shows nearly 52 percent of Republican voter respondents said they strongly or somewhat support a wall along the Mexican border, compared with about 40 percent who oppose it.
The numbers were similar in response to the idea of banning noncitizen Muslims from entering the U.S., reported the Dallas Morning News.