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President Trump. What Happens to Immigrants?

Written by Carmen Cornejo

On the morning of November 8, the forecast blog FiveThirtyEight gave Hillary Clinton a 71 percent probability of winning the White House. One day later, as we know, things are very different.

Although she won the popular vote, her supporters couldn’t win the electoral votes needed for her to be declared the winner. Instead we got Donald Trump.

Many of us are still in shock and disbelief. But the immigrant community is more impacted by this upset since Donald Trump centered many of his speeches on xenophobic and anti-immigrant one-liners: “build the wall,” “deportation force,” and “Muslim ban.”

Our immigrant friends are scared.

Young immigrants benefiting from President Obama’s policy of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals wonder what will happen to them, and if the future president will honor DACA or seek their deportation.

We do not really know. However, we can hope nothing will happen.

Some DACA recipients are wondering if it is worth renewing, paying for two more years now that things are so uncertain.

My advice is to go on with your lives as normal, and yes, file for or renew DACA. This executive action is successful because of the number of people who believe in the process and the great stories of educational and professional advancement it is bringing.

Please keep filing, working, going to school, succeeding, uplifting your families and sharing with the world the importance of this measure for your personal economy and the economy of your communities and country.

Now that all branches of government are under Republican control, there may be a possibility of immigration reform, under their terms. Reach out to the good Republicans out there and fight for a place at the table.

But not all is doom and gloom. Last night, immigrant youth defeated Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the internationally known anti-immigrant, and elected Paul Penzone as the new lawman. This victory came thanks to expert organizing and immigrants taking back their communities. There is hope for the future as more people realize that getting involved matters.

I know this seems like little reassurance, but we need to keep the faith alive and hope for the best.