Colorado once considered border wall with New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Imagine a border wall keeping New Mexicans out of Colorado — it was an idea back in the 1930’s.

With all the election talk of a border wall, a historian is reminding people that at one time there were people who considered New Mexico as south of the border.

Darrell Campbell knows what it feels like when a wall separates borders and people.

“What it felt like to go through Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin before the wall went down,” said Darrell Campbell.

While visiting a museum, he said the wall made him feel unwelcome and restricted.

“A feeling like we shouldn’t go there,” said Campbell.

Border security has been a hot topic this election year with Donald Trump’s controversial proposal for a wall along the Mexican border, but the idea of building a wall isn’t a completely new one here in the United States.

According to a Colorado historian, during the Great Depression in the 1930s, the Governor of Colorado also proposed a wall; not with Mexico, but with New Mexico to keep illegal immigrants and the poor from coming up from New Mexico and stealing jobs from Coloradans.

People were surprised to learn about this part of history.

“That is unbelievable, that’s the first time I hear of that,” said Daniel Chavez.

“It just kind of shows the history of bigotry we’ve seen in our country is still prevelant,” said Roxanne Candelaria-Ley.

The Colorado governor’s push didn’t go far in the 1930’s, and clearly no wall was ever put in place. People said had it gone up, America would never have been the same.

“It’s not the United States if that were the case,” said Chavez.

When the New Mexico government caught wind of this plan, they threatened to block imports from Colorado which upset many farmers in Colorado. The Colorado governor’s campaign only lasted several days. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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