DACA recipients aren’t the only group of immigrants being targeted by the Trump administration, but immigrants and human rights groups are organizing their communities and pushing back against these dangerous policies.
Many folks have been turning their attention to the fate of young people, called DREAMers, who benefited from former president Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. This program allowed young people — brought here as children — to temporarily gain legal status. More than 20,000 young people in Georgia were able to pursue higher education, get driver’s licenses and work, thanks to the program.
However, this isn’t the only group of immigrants the Trump administration is going after. Temporary protected status Or TPS allows people from countries where it is too deadly to return to stay in the United States. This includes people from countries in the middle of devastating civil wars — like Somalia and South Sudan — or natural disasters — like Haiti, El Salvador and Nepal.
Across the nation 440,000 people have been granted temporary protective status because of the conditions in their home country. These folks have always lived with some amount of uncertainty about their future, as the Department of Homeland Security may only renew TPS for a certain country of origin for a couple of years at a time. But now the Trump administration is in charge of deciding who will continue to get TPS and who will not — a scary prospect.
Organizations in Georgia and around the nation are working to support immigrants, refugees and others facing the Trump administration’s white supremacist agenda and reckless policy-making style.
The Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights, or GLAHR, has partnered with Mijente and the Puente Human Rights Movement in Arizona to create a short booklet in English and Spanish about immigrant’s rights, with tips about how to deal with law enforcement.
The beautifully illustrated booklet, called Know Your Rights to Defend Your Rights (Conoce Tus Derechos Para Defender Tus Derechos), provides practical tips specifically for undocumented people. It covers what is and is not legal for law enforcement to do, how people can exercise their rights, and tips for building emergency plans.
There are also DACA renewal clinics and citizenship clinics — often free — that folks can attend. GLAHR will be hosting a DACA renewal clinic next weekend in Dunwoody, Ga. Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta also holds monthly citizenship clinics in Clarkston and Chamblee, for green card holders interested in applying for citizenship.
Be prepared for more calls to action, as our immigrant and refugee neighbors face more uncertainty and violence, and spread the word about these resources. Together, our communities will continue to resist the Trump administration and his white supremacist agenda.