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Immigrants Vow to Resist Anti-Immigrant Policies


Thursday, November 10, 2016   

NEW YORK – Despite the national election results, New York's immigrant community is vowing to keep working against anti-immigrant policies and practices.

President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to step up deportations, and cancel Obama administration policies granting temporary status to millions of undocumented immigrants.

According to Natalia Aristizabal, an organizer with Make the Road New York, the community is reacting with a mixture of anger, sadness and resolve.

"We've survived a lot of injustices both in the countries that we come from and here, and so we have the tools within our community to fight back, and the answer's always going to be in the community,” she states. “We knew that one election wasn't going to fix everything."

Trump has said he will move quickly to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA program that President Barack Obama created through an executive order.

But Arisizabal says that program, which currently gives work permits and protection from deportation to 800,000 immigrants, was created for a reason.

"We'll do all the work that it takes for the next president to understand that these folks are given DACA precisely because they are not a threat to this country, and they are working and they are contributing," she stresses.

Aristizabal hopes that, through community action, even Trump supporters may come to see that immigrants are being attacked unjustly.

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