[Ed. – Ah, civility.]
They’ve received death threats and had profanities and rocks hurled at them. One company’s tractor was stolen.
For the few Hispanic-owned construction firms daring to bid on building a piece of President Trump’s border wall, this is the emotional price of doing business. Owners say they have been accused of betraying their community. Some say they have had to swallow their own qualms about Trump’s contentious immigration policies.
“A lot of people are saying, ‘You’re Latino. How can you build a wall to keep other Latinos out?’ We had to do a lot of soul-searching before we jumped into this because it’s obviously a very, very controversial topic,” said Michael Evangelista-Ysasaga, chief executive and owner of The Penna Group, a firm headquartered in Fort Worth. …
Of the approximately 200 companies that have responded to the federal government’s two requests for proposals for a solid concrete border wall and another wall design, at least 32 companies are Hispanic-owned, according to a Washington Post analysis of a federal database.