ODESSA -- Many Americans watched President Trump’s address to the nation Tuesday night, including some community members in West Texas.
Permian Basin resident Maurice Torano took time away from dinner with his family to watch part of President Trump’s address. Torano is originally from Canada, and shared his thoughts on immigration being a focal point in the address.
“My immigration took a lot of time. I was in the process for 30 years and so. I know many people like Carmen here, who have been in the process for over 10 years. So all those are very familiar with the patience that it requires, the investment of time, and the long lengthy legal process that involves. So I frankly believe there’s, it's totally a reasonable process,” he said.
The West Texan added that his family was in Mexico recently, and spoke with family members there who have also been going through the immigration process for decades.
President Trump’s speech to the nation emphasized the amount of people illegally entering the United States, and the need for measures to protect citizens.
“I can’t speak to people who try to short circuit that process. But everybody that I know, my friends, who are born in Canada and live here now through marriage or through work place visas or student visas or lotteries. All of us did it legally. And so frankly, I’m not sure what the entitlement, that you owe it to me, where that comes from, I’m not sure,” Torano said.
The President’s address comes 18 days into the partial government shutdown, putting a spotlight on the issues.
“It appears to be a bipartisan olive branch and that the offer is there to reach a solution which that’s all we can ask for. I don’t like to see politics get down into the gutter, where people dig their heels in and don’t make any progress. I think the reason we elect representatives and send people to D.C. or to Austin, is for them to work toward solutions. And frankly, I’m a little disappointed in everybody. So I hope they’ll find a way to solve this,” Torano said.
Torano said that like many in the community, he is proud to be an American.
“All of us that did it, we’re all grateful for the opportunity, and grateful we’re here,” he said.
Another community member who did not wish to use his name said a wall is a good idea, while others at his table disagreed.