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How Will Trump Affect Intertwined Lives of U.S. and Mexico?

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A Donald Trump piñata in the center of Mexico City. Many Mexicans are deeply fearful of Trump's enacting his campaign promises to cancel or alter NAFTA, restrict remittances sent to Mexico from the United States, deport millions of undocumented immigrants living in the U.S., and build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Image by Nick Schifrin. Mexico, 2016.
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Donald Trump's most prominent campaign promise was to build a wall to keep out illegal migrants...

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In the dry riverbed that separates Mexico from the United States, the promise of a better life is only a few hundred feet away. This woman is a 23-year-old Mexican from Ciudad Juarez who asked to remain anonymous. Everything beyond the flood light is El Paso, Texas, on the other side of the fence. She is trying to cross illegally. “There’s work here but the wages are very low,” she told us this past weekend. “You can barely survive here… Life there is better than here.” Image by Nicholas Schifrin. Mexico, 2
In the dry riverbed that separates Mexico from the United States, the promise of a better life is only a few hundred feet away. This woman is a 23-year-old Mexican from Ciudad Juarez who asked to remain anonymous. Everything beyond the flood light is El Paso, Texas, on the other side of the fence. She is trying to cross illegally. “There’s work here but the wages are very low,” she told us this past weekend. “You can barely survive here… Life there is better than here.” Image by Nicholas Schifrin. Mexico, 2016.

Stopping illegal immigration and creating a new deportation task force was a central campaign promise for President-elect Donald Trump, who rallied for building a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico. But truly separating these two countries is nearly impossible, given their deep connections.

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