Those living along the Texas border welcome, fear immigration changes

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People hold signs as they gather to protest the visit of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, Thursday, July 23, 2015, at Laredo International Airport in Laredo, Texas. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)

As the sun set on the first week of Donald Trump as the President-Elect of The United States, we stopped by Los Olivos Mexican Restaurant as it was closing up shop.

It's just feet from the Mexican border in Laredo. It's where waitress Juliet Rodriguez earns a living.

She's not a fan of Donald Trump.

Monday and Tuesday on ABC13: Tom Abrahams reports along the Texas/Mexico border


She told Eyewitness News she doesn't like his treatment of women or of Hispanics. She called him an egomaniac. Juliet told us she is a US Citizen but not registered to vote.

Outside the restaurant, we met Angel Martinez. He isn't a fan either.

"I am against the wall that he's building," he said. "Many people don't like him for the fact that I told you he is racist. He's against Mexicans and try to take over our country."

Though Trump has seemingly softened his hard-line immigration policy - indicating his priority is deporting criminal undocumented immigrants and saying those who aren't criminals are wonderful people, Angel isn't buying it.

Irma Cervantes and Eduardo Navarro walked across the border tonight. They're from San Antonio and were visiting family in Mexico. They've also heard the rhetoric. They know about the wall, which President-Elect Trump says now may be at least, in part, a fence. They are not worried, they told us.
They said the United States is bigger than one man, even if he's President.

Still, Navarro said he's thinks Trump unstable and he doesn't know what he's going to do. Cervantes said she hopes he only deports those with criminal records and not those who are here to earn a living.

On both sides of the border they are talking about Donald Trump and they have strong opinions they aren't afraid to voice---much like the president-elect.
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