From Texas Public Radio:
EAGLE PASS — Before the Department of Justice sued Gov. Greg Abbott over his floating barrier in the Rio Grande, Jesse Fuentes did it first.
Fuentes runs a kayaking business in the border town of Eagle Pass from where he led trips down the Rio Grande.
“You’re gonna see some beautiful sites,” he said. “If you’re a bird watcher, you’re gonna see some amazing, amazing birds out there.”
When the State of Texas deployed a 1,000 foot floating barrier on the border river, Fuentes sued. He claimed it ruined his business and was harmful to the river. That made him a target of hate from across the nation.
“I’m getting phone calls, I’m getting emails. I’m getting texts. I’m getting all kinds of stuff,” Fuentes said.
Critics accused him of working for the cartels and that’s he a smuggler. Others demanded that he move to Mexico. “That this is the U.S. and that I don’t belong here,” he added. “And every type of thing that a Mexican-American can be referred to as derogatory.”