We Make America Great: Immigrants, Cities and Colleges Fight Back

We Make America Great: Immigrants, Cities and Colleges Fight Back

 

Salvadoran immigrant Fabio Alvarado, 91, got his U.S. citizenship just in time to vote against Trump in California. Photo by Mario Anzuoni/ Reuters.

Here's your daily sliver of admittedly rare good news: Despite the Pumpkinführer's vow to deport millions of "absolutely terrified" undocumented people whose only crime is the search for a better life, many of those threatened are fighting back and insisting they're #HereToStay. En route, they have considerable support. Many of the country's largest current sanctuary cities, including New York, Chicago, Seattle and L.A., are pledging to resist the promised purge, both by refusing to provide I.D. documents to feds who might request them and fighting any efforts to cut their federal funds - a radical and hopeful sign of power, notes one social scientist, by the largely Democratic cities where most Americans and their wealth happen to live. Happily, they likely have the law on their side.

Improbably, some cities are also backed by police departments that have long had hands-off policies toward otherwise law-abiding immigrants. Los Angeles' Police Chief has said he has no plans to change a practice that  prohibits officers from stopping someone simply to check their papers. "We are not going to work in conjunction with Homeland Security on deportation efforts," he said this week. "That is not our job, nor will I make it our job.” Less surprisingly, a growing Campus Sanctuary movement has likewise vowed to protect and support undocumented immigrant students in their midst, with most of the country's best and most diverse schools issuing open letters and petitions demanding that sanctuaries be created and concrete actions be taken. On Wednesday, thousands of students at over 80 colleges and universities plan a nationwide walkout in the name of "resistance to bigotry of every kind." Their eminently sensible refrain: "Education not deportation."

 

Kaio Pinho, 3, at an anti-Trump march. Photo by Abigail Gorden

Italian immigrant power demonstrated by NYC's Bill De Blasio. Photo by Eduardo Munoz.

Campus sanctuary walk-outs planned for Wednesday

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