"We are a culture of trouble."
Jazmina Saavedra, a 49-year-old Nicaraguan immigrant and serial Los Angeles entrepreneur, recently lost her bid to be a US congresswoman. But she is not giving up on helping President Donald Trump build his promised "big, beautiful wall."
She knows that some of Trump's hardline rhetoric about Latin American immigrants -- like his warning at the launch of his 2016 presidential campaign that Mexicans are bringing drugs and crimes into the country, and are "rapists" -- does not apply across the board. But overall, she agrees with him.
"There are all sorts of people in every culture," she
Saavedra draws the line at the Trump administration's former practice of separating migrant families as part of its "zero tolerance" policy on illegal immigration. But she doesn't blame the president for that. Like Trump
Saavedra attributes her views on immigration to her Catholic Christian faith, which she said is part of her Latino culture.
"We are a people of faith," she said.
That influence goes beyond immigration.
"The LGBT community is hateful, racist. They attack me," Saavedra said. "They are trying to destroy me. They don’t even respect Christianity. One even sent me a picture of a naked Jesus with a big dick."
While her views are stronger than most, Saavedra says she is part of a "silent majority" of Latin American immigrants whose religion makes them natural conservatives and Trump voters.
When it comes to Trump support, the numbers are less striking, but still significant.
So why haven't most people heard from the millions of Latinos in the United States who support Trump?
Ignacio Rovirosa, a 56-year-old Cuban immigrant and sales executive for an HVAC company in Kansas City, Missouri, says conservative Latinos are afraid to speak out against their brethren.
"It's fear," he said.
The result will be disaster, he added: "By the time some speak out it will be too hard to change things -- sort of the Holocaust example. They came for different groups but each group was silent and when it came to them there was no one left to speak for them."
But Rodrigo Pimentel, a 21-year-old immigrant from Portugal and immigration coordinator for the Rhode Island Progressive Democrats
"The fear that I see right now is that their family could be ripped apart," he said. "They could be swept away from this country that they have contributed to, that they have called home. Even natural citizens are not safe anymore."
Pimentel noted that some Latino immigrants are sent back to dangerous countries, like Honduras, which has a higher homicide rate than Iraq.
He is in danger, too. Having moved to the United States with his family as an infant, Pimentel lost his protected status when Trump ended former President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program.
"I legally work here, I pay taxes, I contribute back," Pimentel said. "My family and friends are here in this country. Without DACA I stand to lose all of that."
Meanwhile, echoing broader American partisanship, conservative immigrants are sure its the liberals who are confused.
It's obvious to Rovirosa that immigrants should come to the United States legally and assimilate into the culture the way he did.
Rovirosa loathes what he sees as the liberal fetishization of ethnic minorities and says that under Obama immigrants lined up at the border expecting sympathy.
"I resent people more if they like me for my race, than if they dislike like me for my race," he said.
Like Saavedra, Rovirosa sees the necessity of Trump's crackdown on illegal immigration, including the border wall, and says the family separations were not the president's fault.
He compares the anti-Trump protestors who confronted both White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielson at restaurants last month to the repudiation mobs that harassed counterrevolutionaries outside of their homes during the Cuban Revolution.
"For the sake of the sovereignty of our nation we need to have borders," he said, "and zero tolerance."