Trump and The Wall: what comes next?

FILE - In this Aug. 31, 2016, file photo, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump walks with Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto at the end of their joint statement at Los Pinos, the presidential official residence, in Mexico City. President Pena Nieto said Sunday, Oct. 23, that he could have done a better job handling the controversial meeting with the Republican candidate. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills, File)

(WIAT) — Donald Trump is now president-elect of the United States, and as the fervor over the election begins to quiet, his supporters are looking for him to fulfill his big campaign promises.

One of the earliest, and the biggest of those: a wall across the Southern border with Mexico. Trump made the wall a focal point of his presidential bid, promising to make Mexico pay for the cost of its construction.

In Spring of 2016, CBS 42 News traveled to the border of Nogales, AZ and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico with a group called the Alabama Border Keepers. This organization states that their mission is to prevent people and drugs from illegally crossing over the border.

We visited sections of the fence with them, and we saw places where there was a bit of fence, others where there were simple railroad ties.

Barry White, who goes by “Trigger” with the Border Keepers, told us he’s hopeful Trump will keep his campaign promises.

“A wall, it’s a good idea, in my opinion,” White said. “I think enforcement of our current laws would go a long way to eradicating illegal immigration.”

White told CBS42 News that he is more interested in seeing deportations of those that are here illegally, much less than the wall itself.

“You know politicians, they all say what they think you want to hear” White said. “It’s just, you know, whether, they follow through with that.”

Meanwhile, Hispanic and Latino advocacy groups say they will forge a path to protect the communities they serve. Executive Director of the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama Isabel Rubio says she’s been talking with national leaders as of Wednesday.

“Strategy is being made as we speak. This is just a little stumble,” Rubio said. “We will continue the work. This is a long, long game, and we just pick up and continue on.”

Rubio told CBS42 News that there are deep divisions within the country on key issues like immigration.

“There is a whole lot of disappointment, there is a whole lot of fear and uncertainty about comes next,” Rubio said. “So we do wonder about next steps and we hope President-Elect Trump will surround himself with people who are very knowledgeable and educated advisors.”

Trump has promised to take action on immigration within his first 100 days in office, including deporting immigrants in the country illegally with criminal records, on his first day in office.

He’s also said he will repeal executive action President Obama took to protect undocumented immigrants brought into the country by their parents as children, which would also put them at risk for deportation.


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