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By Gabe Gutierrez and Annie Rose Ramos
ROMA, Texas ̵
Last week, the Border Protection Agreement was signed by Congress and President Trump, who provided $ 1.35 billion for fencing and barriers at the border. Apart from the national plight Trump has declared to secure additional billions for the border, the Financing Agreement has made it clear that a wall can only be built in Roma if there is more input from the community. In some specific cities, including the Roma, and the Department of Homeland Security, local officials now have time until 30 September to agree where the barriers will stand.
In Roma, there are absolutely no barriers between the United States and the United Kingdom. The city with its approximately 11,000 inhabitants is located directly opposite Ciudad Miguel Aleman, Mexico. According to customs and border guards, the city is vulnerable without walls, fence or even barbed wire between the two countries – but many in the community disagree.
The boundary wall that is to go up in Rome would separate most of the community from the Rio Grande River. For the people here, the river is part of their community. Children from both countries play in the Rio Grande, while men fish from the riverside.
"The biggest concern we had with the border wall is:" Are the inhabitants of our community being driven out? Said Freddy Guerra, Roma's Assistant City Manager, about an hour's drive west of McAllen, the largest city in Hidalgo County – the area where construction of new border barriers was scheduled to begin in February.
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The Rio Grande Valley is the part of South Texas where the most illegal border crossing takes place, although that number has been in the last two years
The 150-acre property in Roma, owned by Noel Benavides, 75, has been in his family since the 18th century, dreaming of giving the land to the grandchildren, and now fears that the government will take away some of its land to build the wall.
"It's very personal," he said. "Just like Mr. Trump."
For Juan Moreno, the Roma H He teaches high school mathematics, he fears that his son can not enjoy the same education that he experienced as a child.
"As a child, the forest between my house and the river was like my playground, and to a certain extent this area is still my playground," Moreno said.
On his weekly kayak, Moreno drives down the river, seeing part of the life we would not have access to if he built a wall between his house and the Rio Grande.
But Moreno says he understands why border guards want a wall. He admits he sees undocumented immigrants crossing the river on a daily basis and understands why people want the wall to go up.
"We need a wall – or as most people now say – a" reinforced barrier "Ross Barrera, chairman of the Republican Party of Star County." There has to be some kind of deterrent. "
Some locals fear however, they could be built by neighborhoods near Mexico to smash the communities and possibly force people out of their homes.
Roberto Salinas, Mayor of Rome, said he worries about new fences being built in the area
"I think the biggest frustration for the people who live here is that they do not really know what's going on," he said.