Trump wants to deport millions of Americans. Here’s how we can stop him.


In the days leading up to Trump’s inauguration, Fusion is highlightingsome of the issues most important to you. In addition to breaking down where Trump stands on those issues and the organizations and people are battling him, we’ve got a handy guide for how you too can support the fight. Today, we’re tackling immigration.

What Trump has been up to:

When Donald Trump kicked off his presidential campaign in June of 2015, he wasted no time laying bare his feelings about immigration—in fact, he led with it. Trump riled up a crowd by telling them, “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you.” He continued, “They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists,” though he acknowledged that, “some, I assume, are good people.”

Despite being offered many opportunities to walk his statements back, Trump never did. Instead, he doubled down on his assertion that immigration and crime are linked, a claim that has been refuted multiple times, and whipped his supporters into a frenzy over the promise of a wall between the U.S. and Mexico. It was a tried-and-true strategy—harnessing the power of xenophobia to appeal to an electorate insecure about their financial and social status—and it worked. Trump hasn’t wavered in his commitment to building his great wall, but the question of who would pay for it is still up in the air. (That assertion that Mexico would pay for it? Not fucken’ likely.)

But there are other things Trump can do to damage immigration reform. He has promised to deport around 3 million undocumented immigrants—possibly more—and vowed to end employment for undocumented residents. The president-elect could undo substantial progress the Obama administration has made in reversing the U.S. Border Patrol’s “culture of violence and impunity.” Trump could also flex a lot of executive muscleon immigration, including beefing up enforcement of deportation orders and mandating high-level scrutiny of visa applicants from certain countries (aka a “moderate” ban on Muslims entering the U.S., a proposal that gained traction after he falsely claimed Syrian refugees weren’t vetted before entering the country). His Attorney General pick, Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, known for his problematic record on immigrants and immigrant rights, signals that Trump’s anti-immigrant proposals weren’t just empty campaign promises.

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