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How "The Wall" could kill a Texas city

Presidio’s relationship with Mexico is a family affair. Numerous residents feel President Trump’s wall talk excludes them entirely.

By Suhauna Hussain, Center for Public Integrity
Seen from the balcony of El Mexico de Ayer, a restaurant in Ojinaga, the city sprawls larger and more colorful than Presidio on the U.S. side of the border.
Molly Ferguson and Miguel Rodriguez pose with instruments in mariachi outfits as Ferguson’s father, the mayor of Presidio, snaps a photo.

"One big city"

An adobe building near downtown Presidio is crumbling. The city of is dotted with abandoned structures. Residences in the town often are not numbered by address, which causes problems for Emergency Medical Services, police, and USPS. Ambulances have trouble finding homes, which increases wait times for emergency care, and Presidio residents who need to receive mail have to get P.O. boxes, since deliveries usually can't be made to their homes.

What Presidio needs instead of a wall

Carmen Elguezabel is the director of Presidio’s public library, where people often come for all kinds of assistance, from applying for government benefits to renewing special equipment tags.

The wall: What’s happening in Washington

Cars wait to enter Mexico from Presidio, a small Texas town on the border.

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