LAS CRUCES – Border residents met the victory of President-elect Donald Trump with a mix of despair and optimism amid uncertainty over how much of his harsh campaign rhetoric will translate into policy.
As the peso hit historic lows against the dollar and the Mexican government said it will not pay for a border wall, New Mexicans and Mexicans reflected on what a Trump presidency will mean for an intertwined region where residents on both sides often say they have more in common with each other than with their respective nations.
At Carlos Bakery in Sunland Park – not far from where a new 18-foot steel fence is going up at the border – customers waited in line for burritos and chicharrón. Owner Jesusita Juárez said her mostly immigrant clientele is having a mixed reaction to Trump’s election.
“Some are scared,” said Juárez, who voted for Trump. “Some are saying, ‘ni modo,’ ” – oh, well.