While there are many places in the nations where liberals and Donald Trump haters are frothing at the mouth with outrage that Trump’s taken massive action in just his first week in office, Arizona is not one of them. Today the Los Angeles Times took a look at Goodyear, Arizona, where the residents believe that Trump’s first week was a great week — the best week ever, maybe. Per the Times, “Here, more than 120 miles from the border, Arizona voters outraged with President Obama’s executive orders that welcomed the foreign-born to America are delighted with Trump’s first week in office, when his actions seemed to have done the opposite. ”
In his first week on the job, Trump signed excecutive orders demanding that Congress begin the work of building The Wall between the US and Mexico, ordering federal funding be cut from all sanctuary cities, and placed a temporary injunction on people travelling to the US from terrorism-sponsoring nations. Instead of loathing these actions, the residents of Goodyear have embraced them. “Perhaps Trump hasn’t yet gone far enough, voters here say, but give it time. He has uncomplicated solutions to what they see as uncomplicated problems.”
“The wall is just the start of it,” one resident said. “He’s looking ahead to the potential for violence on the border over the question of who gets in and who doesn’t.”
The Times also mentions Tara Jenkins, who was tickled pink at the success Trump has had so far. “As she herded three tow-headed children into her minivan after a trip to Olive Garden on Monday afternoon, Jenkins acknowledged her initial fear that Trump wouldn’t live up to the traditional conservative values of a politician like Montenegro. She didn’t know whether he would act on his campaign promises or simply change his mind after his inauguration. She has been happy with Trump’s directives.
“I was, frankly, worried about what Trump would do,” said Jenkins, 36, of Buckeye, a conservative suburb neighboring Goodyear. “It’s everything he said he wanted to do, and that’s something we needed,” Jenkins said. “I love America, and this gives me hope. It’s the right direction.”
According to the Times, “After eight years of a Democratic president, Trump is doing everything MacCree hoped a president would to obliterate Obama’s legacy, he said. If there are too many people crossing into the U.S., build a barrier to stop them, MacCree said. If there are potential terrorists claiming refugee status, don’t let them in. If Obamacare threatens small businesses, shut it down any way you can.” Later, they say, “With Trump’s victory, the whole country won, MacCree said. “The people spoke out and said enough was enough.””
From the safety of his onetime home in Arkansas, MacCree watched northern Texas towns’ populations change from white to primarily Hispanic. Then a few years spent in San Diego convinced him that any city along the border was in danger of shifting in population just as dramatically, and that a fairly open transnational policy with a Mexican city like Tijuana spelled doom for cities on the U.S. side of the border.
“Nothing will stop them,” MacCree said. “You build a fence and they’ll jump it. You make the wall and they dig under it. Puts us all at risk.” MacCree doesn’t believe Trump will stop at a wall. Such a promise was only the beginning of a new era in U.S. policy, he said, a projection of strength to countries that had begun to take America’s openness for granted. “It’s his law now,” MacCree said about Trump. “A wall will just stop them a little, get in the way. We’ll see what the next step is. I know he’s got one.”