Deporting millions of undocumented immigrants and building a wall with Mexico were paramount to President-elect Donald Trump's campaign so as the inauguration looms, the immigrant community is on edge as millions await their fates.
Over the weekend, activists gathered across the country from Chicago to Washington, D.C., to speak out against the restrictionist immigration policies Trump pushed on the campaign trail, but advocates who spoke with TPM this week said they remain in the dark about what Trump and his team plan to do in the upcoming months.
"The transition team has been remarkably closed lips about what their plans are," said Ali Noorani, the executive director of the National Immigration Forum. "I think whether it is from the President-elect or the transition team, the details have been few and far between. My experience with the Obama team is they didn’t make any decisions with us in the room, but they were definitely entertaining a host of perspectives."
Noorani said he's not been privy to any of those meetings with the Trump team.
"I am sure there are parts of the Trump transition team who have been meeting with those who want to end immigration to the US as we know it," he said.
At the top of the list of concerns is fear of what could become of the more than 700,000 young people who turned over personal information to the government in the last couple of years to get DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) status, a program that has allowed people who came to the U.S. as children to get legal status, but that is just the tip of the iceberg.
"Assuming that Trump lets the radical right wing of the Republican Party drive his immigration policy, we’re bracing for the worst," Frank Sharry, the founder and executive director of America’s Voice, an immigration reform group, told TPM.
Already more than 800 congregations across the country have expressed interest in opening up their churches to immigrants looking for sanctuary and advocates are reissuing programs to help immigrants know their rights if they are pulled over or present for a deportation raid, advocates told TPM.
“There is a lot of uncertainty but also a lot of determination to protect each other,” said Julieta Garibay, the deputy advocacy director for United We Dream.
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