“They are afraid to cross because for any reason, Border Patrol agents might take their visas or passports and send them back.”
There were a total of 3,420,708 people who crossed the Nogales border in 2016, according to the Bureau of Transportation statistics.
Although the number of people he drives declines, shuttle driver Gary Vasquez believes everything will remain the same.
“The value of the dollar has never been the problem because sometimes it’s all the way up at 22 and we are fine,” he said. “The problem is President Trump and his policies; some people tell others they will deport you and it’s just not true, they cannot do that, all people do is gossip.”
Vasquez has worked driving people from Nogales across Arizona for 19 years.
Since Trump’s election, the US dollar-peso exchange rate has had intensive fluctuation, spiking to 21.96 pesos equaling a dollar, according to a macroeconomic trends website. Moreno said many politicians believe Nogales to be a dangerous place where there are many casualties and violence in the streets, when in reality, it’s the opposite.
A sidewalk scene in Nogales, Ariz. on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016.
She lamented that the people who make their livelihood working on Morley will have to wait for the point everything closes.
“I hope President Trump will bring us work and improve the economy, I hope he isn’t so hard on my people and treats us better, because we have actually seen this is a critical situation, that there is something that people bring,” said Sara Osuna, an employee at a Nogales money exchange house.
Many in Nogales have lived long enough to see the border go through significant changes, with some remembering the time there was no inspection of cars or items.
“All our lives we have crossed,” said Susana Juarez, a frequent shopper from Nogales, Sonora. “I think that right now, nobody wants to come, my sister and I just talked about it. We remember how crossing the border was before; you would come and go much easier back then, now they have check everything.”
“I hope President Trump will bring us work and improve the economy."
The Nogales border has both options of crossing by car or by foot. When crossing into Mexico, Mexican border patrol randomly checks bags and suitcases of people entering, while the U.S. inspects and questions each person or vehicle individually. The State Department issued an obligation for all U.S citizens to carry passports or border crossing cards for re-entry to the U.S. in 2009.
“Well, in reality, we still cross the border to shop because it is cheaper here,” Juarez said. “Who knows if it will change in the future.”