AIKEN, S.C. (WJBF) – During the campaign, Donald Trump made promises to deport thousands of illegal immigrants and build a wall on the Mexican border.
Now, many Hispanics across the country are uncertain of what the future may hold.
Despite the comments Trump made on the campaign trail, WJBF NewsChannel 6 spoke with some Hispanic voters who say they are hopeful the President-Elect will break down some of the barriers that hold them back.
The news that Trump was elected president, sent waves of shock and fear through many Hispanic communities.
Local Latino Activist say Trump has a real opportunity to find a solution to the immigration crisis in America.
“The good thing about Donald Trump, I say, is he is an outsider.” Ed Acevedo, an advocate of the C.S.R.A. Hispanic Community, told WJBF NewsChannel 6. “So he might be able to broker a deal with the Republican Congress, with the Senate and the House of Representatives.”
Acevedo has been a Republican for as long as he can remember. He says this time he didn’t vote for Trump because the President-Elect’s views on deportation didn’t reflect his own.
“These people are not going to church sometimes or to the hospital, or even females are being treated bad or abused,” Acevedo said. “They’re afraid to go over and see the police because they feel that they can be deported.”
Now that the election is over, he says it’s time to accept the results and hope that Trump serves all Americans, regardless of the language they speak or where they immigrated from.
“It’s time to heal those wounds. It’s time to be one America, to have justice for everybody. Not just for some, but for everyone.” Acevedo said.
Republican and first-time voter Jessica Gomez said her Mexican heritage does play a role in her political views. However, she believes in the democratic process and knows Immigration Reform is a complicated issue, that Trump is getting ready to learn that first-hand.
“Are you saying that you do feel illegal immigrants should be deported?” Asked WJBF NewsChannel 6.
“I definitely feel that’s its a case by case basis and I think something like whether or not they are paying taxes here,” Gomez said. “Whether or not they have families and children who are born in the United States. All of those things need to be taken into account.”
According to national voter statistics, Donald Trump had more Hispanic voters than Mitt Romney did in 2012.