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Divided States of America: Latino fears for a Trump presidency

With Donald Trump set to become the official Republican presidential candidate this week, ITV News has visited Phoenix in Arizona to see how his controversial policies would affect families, in the second of our series, Divided States of America.

Trump has promised to build a wall on America's border with Mexico and to carry out forced deportations of up to 11 million undocumented workers in the US.

Trump’s promises have stoked fear and anger in the Latino community in Phoenix as they have across America, with a number of protests following his rallies in the run-up to the presidential primary elections earlier this year.

There are 5.6 million undocumented Mexicans in the US, with the fear of deportation causing a push for naturalisation. There has been a 14% increase in applications for US citizenship since Trump announced his candidacy - and citizenship means the right to vote.

We spoke to three people from the city's Latino and Hispanic communities:

  • Elizabeth Gonzalez
Elizabeth Gonzalez Credit: ITV News

Elizabeth Gonzalez, 40, is originally from Guerrero, Mexico, and is becoming a US citizen in time for the election. She has been a resident for 15 years and she intends to vote against Trump.

Donald Trump is an evil, nasty person and doesn't realise that the people like myself and other immigrant groups, are the people that make this country run.

– Elizabeth Gonzalez
  • Felix Trejo
Felix Trejo Credit: ITV News

Felix Trejo's mother was forced to leave the US. His father was then jailed and deported when Felix was 13.

Felix, now 20 and training to be an architect, ran the family business through calls from his father in jail.

His father snuck back into the US after deportation to support his children.

I haven't seen my mum in ten years because of her legal status. She had to leave because she couldn't find a job here.

– Felix Trejo
  • Abril Gallardo
Abril Gallardo Credit: ITV News

Abril entered the US aged 12 with her family. They all entered the country illegally, running over the desert.

She’s on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a government programme that defers the removal of immigrants who were brought into the country unlawfully by their parents.

She is worried about Trump's policies splitting up her family.

The border, it's literally three hours away from here, from Phoenix. When you are driving you can see the fence. Just imagining that if he wins, there will be like an actual border there. It just breaks my heart to think that his solution is building a wall.

– Abril Gallardo