November 16, 2016

What a Donald Trump Victory Means for Immigrant Rights

Now that the election results are in, many wonder how much of Trump’s campaign rhetoric will actually turn into policy and what will happen to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative?. In an American Immigration Council article, Wendy Feliz answers:

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 driver’s licenses. By doing this, he would also be disrupting communities, workplaces, and families across the country. This seems counter-productive and cruel.

However, it’s 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.

Yes, our work for comprehensive reform to modernize our outdated immigration system continues on.