With the recent election of Donald Trump as the next United States President, fear among immigrants has sky-rocketed. California hosts more than 10 million foreign-born residents, more than any other state in the union. Therefore, this situation hits home for immigrants and their family members and friends all across the state. But there is some good news, because many California officials have voiced their support of immigrants in this state, and promise to fight deportations.
The New Administration and Immigration
The Department of Homeland Security is the enforcement arm of the government when it comes to immigration. DHS prioritizes the relevant laws, how they should be carried out, and with what manner of impact and force. It remains to be seen exactly how the new administration under a President Trump will play out for immigrants.
President Elect Donald Trump has long touted his vow to remove illegal immigrants from American soil, and expressed disapproval of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that has been a lifeline for millions of young, unauthorized immigrants. However, during a recent 60 Minutes interview, Mr. Trump seemed to have narrowed his scope somewhat. He stated that he was concerned with the removal of criminal immigrants, rather than all unauthorized individuals. So, at this time, it’s largely unknown who DHS will target, and how. This has spurred California leaders to voice their rejection of an anti-immigration stance by the government, on any level.
California and Immigration
California is a state known for its friendly treatment of immigrants. This has not changed, and is perhaps evident now more than ever. The 2013 Trust Act asserted this state’s right to protect foreign-born individuals from deportation if they had committed minor infractions or violations. Officials fought federal demands to hold incarcerated immigrants for deportation. Again and again, California demonstrated the importance and strength of local and state governments in fighting overbearing federal immigration laws. And it’s evident that California leaders will continue to do so.
Don’t live in fear. Speak to a knowledgeable California Immigration attorney to discuss your situation or that of a loved one. There are many laws in place that can help you and your family members remain in California legally. A seasoned immigration lawyer can discuss these options with you, answer your questions and hopefully allay your fears of the impending change of administration in Washington, D.C.
Sources: http://www.ppic.org/main/publication_show.asp?i=258, http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article115033653.html