While some woke up on the Wednesday after the Presidential Election jubilant at the election results, others woke up despondent and questioning whether there was still a place for them in Trump’s America. Throughout his campaign, Trump has roundly condemned a wide range of demographic groups, from women to people of color to Muslims; immigrants in particular, were targeted through his campaign and scapegoated in order to bring support to Trump’s hard line immigration policies and ideas about “making America great again”.
After the election, fear spread through many immigrant populations at the thought of having friends or family deported, or being deported themselves. As immigrants are not always documented, they represent a vulnerable population in many aspects. For example, just days after the election, hate crimes against immigrant and other minority populations had already begun occurring, with individuals and groups touting the idea of “Trump’s America” targeting and victimizing the very populations that Trump himself had singled out during his campaign.
However, Trump’s election has some very specific policy-related repercussions, such as the possibility of his removal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program and the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) program implemented by President Obama. As part of his immigration plan, Trump has declared that he will repeal these programs shortly after he is sworn in as President. This places the futures of the hundreds of thousands of individuals who currently live, work and have families in the United States under the DACA and DAPA programs. These programs permit individuals to live in the United States and obtain work permits, and allow them deferred action from deportation renewable every two years.
Despite the hateful rhetoric against immigrants perpetrated by Trump’s campaign, various organizations exist to work against this and promote greater understanding and support of immigrant populations. One of these organizations is Long Island WINS, a non-profit communications organization that advocates for and educates the public about immigrants in order to foster respect and opportunity for all. LI WINS provides research, commentary, policy updates, and other information to create change and promote equality and equal rights among all.
Learn more here: https://longislandwins.com/