The shock of Donald Trump’s presidential victory is slowly turning into acceptance on the Texas border, but it is creating anxiety over whether the New York real estate mogul will make good on his promises to deport 11 million people, reports the Texas Tribune. Perhaps no one is more aware than Pete Saenz, the mayor of Laredo, who was criticized last year for hosting Trump on what the candidate dubbed a “dangerous” trip to the badlands. “They’re nervous, and there is a degree of anxiety,” Saenz said. “I don’t think anyone — at least in this part of Texas — thought that Donald Trump would be our next president-elect.” Yet he said is optimistic that Trump’s rhetoric was just campaign talk.
Saenz said he hopes border towns in both Texas and Mexico will be a part of the dialogue when Trump crafts his border security and immigration plans. Others aren’t betting on it. “Be vigilant at work, be vigilant driving,” a Spanish-language radio host told his audience the other day. “Remember that you have rights,” he offered before plugging an employment attorney whose clients are mostly immigrants from Mexico.