November 18, 2016: Fear of President Trump

More than 741,500 people who benefited from Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Daca) policy, are now fearing they will be deported under President Trump. One of his campaign pledges during the election was to “immediately terminate President Obama’s two illegal executive amnesties” and to ensure that “anyone who enters the US illegally is subject to deportation”.

“It is assumed that he is referring to Obama’s 2012 and 2014 executive actions to extend temporary deportation relief to undocumented immigrants. Daca recipients are able to go to school and work in the US for two years. After that, they can re-apply for the program, paying a fee each time”.

Despite feeling scared and uncertain about their futures in this country, many immigration rights advocates are urging immigrants and their supporters to use this moment to stand in unison. Others say it is a time to focus is on making sure undocumented immigrants know their rights and prepare for scenarios that could play out during Trump’s time in office.

“[Trump’s] policy plans won’t be clear until he is in office, but people are already worried about what will happen to Daca recipients’ personal information. When the program was first introduced, many were reluctant to join because they thought it was an easy way for the government to collect the personal information of undocumented immigrants. That fear had eased, until election night.”