Immigrant Students in Trump America | By Daniel Won

Another history was made on November 8th, 2016 as Donald Trump came out on top in the Electoral College, despite Hilary Clinton winning the popular vote. Unfortunately, the election left the country divided and the nation once founded by immigrants, all the more seem anti-immigrants. Immigrant communities are already cowering in fear in anticipation of harsher anti-immigrant policies. How then, would Trump government influence immigrant students, and how are immigrant communities responding?

A first 100 days plan proposed by Trump is an immigrant nightmare and here are few that will directly impact students.

First, cancel every unconstitutional executive action, memorandum and order issued by President Obama

Third, cancel all federal funding to Sanctuary Cities

First, “unconstitutional executive action” includes Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which protects undocumented students from deportation if they came to the US before 16th birthday. Second, Sanctuary Cities protect immigrants from federal immigration laws, although some argue that Sanctuary Cities threaten Public Safety. Trump believes that immigrants are harmful to the American economy, culture, values, and safety, and his strong anti-immigration stance was reaffirmed by 10 point immigration plan. However, the opposite story has a very different perspective.

This is just one of many tweets of those who benefited from DACA and are contributing to communities. College presidents are also joining in to defend DACA, in order to continue to benefit undocumented students. Moreover, students are also demanding to have colleges and universities become sanctuary cities and campuses, while Sanctuary City mayors such as Ed Murray, a mayor of Seattle, pledge to fight and continue to protect immigrants.

With 2016 election, the country is divided more than ever and consequently, media is evenly divided as well on issues like immigration. Currently, there isn’t one particularly strong voice being represented, but next few months surely will be critical.


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2 thoughts on “Immigrant Students in Trump America | By Daniel Won

  1. giuliavsoto says:

    I am very worried about what this new Trump presidency will do to programs like DACA. I really hope they don’t get cancelled, because so many like Jose will not get to continue do the work they are doing. By the way I know Jose he was my mentor throughout my whole undergrad education. He is amazing and very inspirational. Concerning migration, I remember him and his friend quotting how if Trump became president they would consider moving to Canada. So now that it did happen. I am very saddened to see what will happen to all these DACA recipients.


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