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  • Article: What a Donald Trump Victory Means for Immigrant Rights by Wendy Feliz

    What a Donald Trump Victory Means for Immigrant Rights

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    The 2016 presidential election is, at long last, behind us. While pundits will interpret the significance of the election results for months to come, already clear is the broad public support for sensible and humane immigration policies. In fact, despite the rhetoric on the campaign trail, a range of post-election data show that the majority of Trump voters do not support proposals that would deport massive numbers or immigrants and they are more likely to favor productive immigration solutions.

    However, the President-Elect will have the ability to work towards shaping our nationís immigration policy, through the regulatory process, executive actions, policy decisions, and by working with Congress. There are many different directions Trump could go. While his conservative party will have majority power over the executive and legislative branches, there are still limits on what they can do. We have a Constitution, laws, and a court system that set parameters for government actions.

    Add to that the fact that the United States has a strong and vibrant immigrant rights community that will not stand by and allow any part of the government to run roughshod over our nationís values and commitments to fairness and due process.

    At this point, it is hard to predict how much of Trumpís campaign rhetoric will actually turn into policy proposals. For many, the most immediate question after Trumpís victory was what will happen to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative?

    If Trump ends DACA like he has threatened, he will be revoking the work permits of more than 700,000 young immigrants with long childhood ties to the United States. He will return them to limbo, where they would lose their ability to work and participate in the formal economy, attend college in some cases, and hold driverís licenses. By doing this, he would also be disrupting communities, workplaces, and families across the country. This seems counter-productive and cruel.

    However, itís important to remember that Trump does not take office until January 20. Until then, President Obama is still Commander-in-Chief. This provides the immigrant rights community with two months of planning for a range of outcomes, which has already begun and will continue.

    Ultimately the 2016 presidential election was a bruising battle, and the nation must heal. However, our democracy is intact, and there are limitations and checks and balances on power. There are also mechanisms in place for us all to participate, push back, challenge and disagree with unjust and illegal actions. No doubt there will be battles ahead but progress on important social issues has never been quick or easy and immigration is no exception.

    Reprinted with permission.


    About The Author

    Wendy Feliz is the Director of Communications at the American Immigration Council. Prior to joining the Council, Ms. Feliz served as Director of Development at New America Media, after having worked at the Open Society Institute, and public radio station WAMU 88.5 as the Manager of Foundation Relations and Public Information. Ms. Feliz has spent much of her career in the non-profit world including with The California Hispanic Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse in East Los Angeles and The Young Adult Institute and Latino Workerís Center in New York City. Ms. Feliz received her M.A. in Public Communication from the American University in Washington D.C. and she holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts from the New School University in New York.


    The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the opinion of ILW.COM.

    Comments 2 Comments
    1. Be Assured's Avatar
      Be Assured -
      Be assured that President-Elect Trump will follow through on his campaign promises on immigration. He wants to be re-elected, and the CENTERPIECE of his campaign was mass deportations and a wall. The wall is already in the law, and the appropriations approved. Next, he has vowed to reverse DACA within one hour of his taking over. He will start mass deportations of the 280,000 convicted criminal aliens. He will push to mandate E-Verify nationwide through the SAFE Act. By the end of his first term, I'll be the illegal immigrant population is under 6 million and dropping while Trump cruises to re-election.
    1. federale86's Avatar
      federale86 -
      Deport Illegals Now!
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