>> We have communities right a few miles south of here.>> Verlon Jose is the Vice Chairman of the Native American Nation Tohono O'odham, a community squarely in the path of President Trump's border wall. He says his people are worried.>> We have a cemetery about a mile and a half from here where family members are buried, relatives are buried.
There is actually a grave marker in Mexico with a United States military headstone.>> The Tohono O'odham, Reservation straddles the US-Mexican border, there are about 10,000 people living on the US side, where there are schools and other services, and another 2,000 living in Mexico. Along the border fence, there are gates that allow individuals from both sides to travel back and forth as needed.
>> The impact of the wall would not allow us to do those things on a regular basis. Let me ask you, how would you feel if you were forbidden to go see your relatives, whether alive or dead?>> We will have strong borders again.>> President Trump says his 2,200 mile border wall would stop drugs and criminals coming from Mexico, but 62 miles of that would run through Tohono O'odham land.
Verlon Jose's cousin, Francine Jose, says the impact could be devastating.>> I think about the Berlin Wall, that was a very negative thing back over there as to my learnings, so having a wall, that's negative to everybody on both sides.>> The Tohono O'odham, leadership says they're not ruling out a high profile protest against the wall if necessary.
>> We want to try to deal with this in a diplomatic way and hopefully that we never have to get to that time where we have to actually physically protest. If we do, I will tell you that I will own up to the words over my dead body because that's how important it is to our people.
>> The Interior Department has indicated that there may be room for compromise for groups like Tohono O'odham, who are directly impacted by the wall. Tribal leaders here on the border, however, say at this point they are far from satisfied and they are waiting to see what will happen to their beloved land.