FLOTUS visit does little to change mood along border

Updated: Jun. 28, 2018 at 5:45 PM MST
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NOGALES, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Melania Trump's visit to southern Arizona did not include a trip to the border, but those in Nogales understand what she brings back to Washington could have a profound effect on their lives.

"I wish things were different," says Mike Sun, the manager of a clothing store less than a mile from the border wall. "But it is what it is. Business is slow. The Mexican elections, the peso going up, on top of the border issues, it makes it very hard to make money."

"People who come from Mexico in to the United States go through such a hassle to even come here," he says. Sun talks with customers and friends on both sides everyday. "They are not very happy with how the situation is progressing. But is it what it is."

"I can't even imagine being without my baby," says Erik Manzo, who lives in Nogales. Manzo says he would have liked to have seen the first lady, Melania Trump, make a stop along the border in Nogales. "I hope she fixes all of this up, returns kids to their parents, stops doing all of this."

"People who live along the border, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, everybody knows this is how the border is," says Arturo Luevano. "Nothing changes. In the north they are barely figuring things out, but in reality things have been going on like this for years."

The mood along the border is business as usual, with little hope on the horizon.

"Things are not going to get any better anytime soon," said Sun.

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