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In a Texas border town, Democratic officials turn Republicans

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When Travis Roberts, 60, a former Dallas antiques importer, came to town two decades ago, the town was so empty he said he could buy a house for as little as $2,000 . “I bought 39 houses,” he said, smoking a cigarette in a cluttered office at Sanderson’s biggest store, which sells hardware, Mexican pottery and, at fair prices, a huge Tyrannosaurus rex. made of metal. Over the years, he was able to resell all the houses.

“We came for school,” said Mr. Roberts, the store owner, whose three sons went to Sanderson Schools and then to Rice University.

Mr Roberts, who grew up in the nearby town of Marathon, complained about the effect the hardening of the border had had on nearby communities. “Before, you could put them to work,” he said of men from Mexico. “Now it’s illegal to use them, so we only get the bad ones, and none of the good ones.”

The city is also undergoing another kind of change as the economy of West Texas tourist attractions – Big Bend National Park, Marfa’s art paradise – expands its reach. The local motel has been renovated. Since December there is even a place to have a cup of coffee in addition to the gas station.

“We love coffee, but we’ve never owned a coffee,” said Jake Harper, 41, an entrepreneur and glassblower who moved from San Antonio with his wife, Hannah, a Pilates instructor, and their three children. They opened the cafe, Ferguson Motors, in a former Ford dealership. “There is this misconception that the border is dangerous. But it’s the safest place. The community is open and giving.

There are few dissenting voices. Mr Chandler, a part-time minister and among the few openly gay residents of Sanderson, said he spoke at local meetings, challenging officials over rhetoric about migrants he found ‘dehumanizing’ . But he was mostly alone.