Immigrant community on edge after Trump elected president

Fear at the border after Trump's election

There's still a couple of months before Donald Trump takes office, but his win has already sent shockwaves through the immigrant community, some who fear the potential consequences of his election.

At a gathering in the border town of San Juan, members of the immigrant advocacy group, LUPE, have the looks of caution and concern written on their faces.

“All morning, the situation here at the office has been very, very difficult because a lot of our members are immigrants. There’s a lot of fear in the immigrant community,” said LUPE Executive Director Juanita Valdez-Cox

Rather than shattering a glass ceiling with Clinton, they said their hopes are now shattered with the election of Donald Trump.

Donna resident Emeteria De La Rosa came to LUPE with her sister, Maria Saenz, who says Trump’s win prompted her to seek citizenship after living in the U.S. for nearly 40 years.

Saenz said she feels as if part of what made America so special is now gone.

For Hilda Patino, a ‘dreamer’ who has benefited by President Obama’s Deferred Action program (DACA), it’s a hard pill to swallow. She was brought here from Mexico by her parents when she was 14 years old. She’s now 31 years old with 2 children, one of whom asked her if she would be deported, once Trump takes office.

Patino is not able to vote. She said it’s as if she wasn’t able to decide on her future, a future now in the hands of Trump.

A power he now has and intends to use, just as he stated in a ‘contract’ with the American public.

Trump pledges to “cancel every unconstitutional executive action” in his first 100 days in office.

That would include eliminating deferred action plans for immigrant children who came here with their families and the undocumented parents of American children.

Valdez-Cox said part of the plan they will set forth will be to make sure their members are well versed in their rights in the event of any sort of retaliation and also to help calm their fears.

(© 2016 KENS)


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