Tension rises in Mecklenburg County following national emergency declaration

President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency at the southern border has local Latino leaders expecting ripple effects at home.

Republican and Democratic leaders at the national level are blaming each other right now for failure to compromise on a solution, and that tension is taking root here in Mecklenburg County.

"Seeing more bullying in our schools, seeing our community more divided. Seeing a community that may start thinking that immigrant families are bad for our country. That they're people we need to keep out with walls," said Jose Hernandez-Paris, Latin American Coalition Executive Director.

But Mecklenburg County GOP Chairman Chris Turner says the President's decision comes as a result of Democrats building a wall against him.

"We see this action today as something that is the result of democrats to come and work together with Republicans to solve this national security issue," said Turner.

The failure to compromise, Turner says, is happening not only nationally, but locally.

"Things like 287g which is a program which is a program where governments are supposed to work together to remove harmful illegal criminals out of our communities. Our democratic sheriff has said no to that. The ICE raids that we saw in the last week are the direct result of us failing to come together."

Hernandez-Paris says that's not true. That mass round ups and arrests of immigrant students at bus stops happened even when the program was in place.

"For the last three to four years we've had these cycles of mass detentions. Even a year and a half ago we were dealing with six students who were detained and at least two of them were detained at a bus stop," said Hernandez-Paris.

Both men do agree on one point— that there's still hope for a compromise in Washington.