Take Part - Among the long list of marginalized groups likely to be affected by President-elect Donald Trump’s plan for his first 100 days in office, immigrants are chief among them. Trump has promised to “cancel” executive orders issued by President Obama that excuse DREAM Act beneficiaries and their families from deportation, build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico, and deport “the more than 2 million criminal illegal immigrants from the country and cancel visas to foreign countries that won’t take them back,” according to the plan.
He also plans to punish cities that protect immigrants by cutting off federal funding. These “sanctuary cities” maintain policies that limit the cooperation of local law enforcement with federal immigration authorities to shield immigrants from deportation. Trump is one of many right-wing politicians who have criticized such cities; in 2015, Republican Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana introduced a bill that would have cut off funding to local police departments in these cities. (The bill died in the Senate.) As a Trump presidency looms and the threat of defunding is renewed, mayors are speaking out.
“We are not going to sacrifice a half million people who live among us, who are part of our community,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a press conference on Thursday. “We are not going to tear families apart.”