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Florida cigar rollers hope Trump campaign goes up in smoke

In the town of Ybor, there is a statue honouring immigration. The inscription reads, "To those courageous men and women who came to this country in search of personal freedom, economic opportunity and a future of hope for their families."

It stands at odds with the narrative of parts of this campaign and that disconnect may yet be crucial in this election as the candidates seek the votes of an ethnically diverse population.

Ybor itself is a melting pot of nationalities. It was founded in 1880 and populated by immigrants from Cuba, Puerto Rica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Spain, Italy, Romania and Germany.

The Florida town of Ybor was founded in 1880 as a melting pot of nationalities.

For 50 years they hand-rolled cigars from the leaves grown in many of their home nations. By 1929 500 million cigars were coming from this tiny town in Tampa.

Today the descendants of the original residents roll cigars on a lesser scale and question what a president who talks of walls and brands immigrants as criminals would mean for their future.

Ybor was populated by immigrants from Cuba, Puerto Rica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Spain, Italy, Romania and Germany.

Wally Reyes came to Ybor 53 years ago from Puerto Rico. Florida offered him a good home and the chance to become a grand-master cigar maker.

He fears what a Trump presidency would do for his town and his country.

Wally Reyes fears what a Trump presidency would do for his town and his country.

Rolling a cigar he tells me, "As the president of the nation you have to have respect for women, minorities and the constitution because if not when you take the office you can step over everything and do what you want because you feel like you own the world."

I learned today that a great cigar is defined by the colour of its ash - white a sign of vintage and class. And so in this town when people say goodbye instead of wishing luck they wish you white ashes. They are wishing white ashes for Hillary Clinton now.