If I Only Had a Heart
World, meet Mr. Trump's wall. If you doubted his campaign promise to make America the planet's biggest gated community, he has set out to make you a believer.
After tweeting, deleting, and then re-tweeting NATIONAL SECURITY in ALL CAPS for emphasis, he announced his plans today. In a nutshell:
• Build a really big wall and make Mexico pay for it (in a complicated way that doesn't involve payment)
• Strip funding for sanctuary cities
• Beef up enforcement to expand detention and deportation
More announcements could be coming soon about visa suspensions and refugee restrictions. Stay tuned.
One small but significant bright spot: there doesn't yet seem to be an attempt yet to overturn Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the Obama Administration program that defers deportation for some undocumented immigrants who arrived as kids.
About DACA, Trump press secretary Sean Spicer channeled the true spirit of January 25, Opposite Day, when he said: “The president understands the magnitude of this problem. He’s a family man. He has a huge heart.”
How to help organizations that support immigrants and refugees
To state the obvious, people's fear and the need for safety is at an all-time high.
These are some of the organizations helping immigrants and refugees:
National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
National Immigration Law Center
United We Dream
Immigrant Legal Resource Center
Council on American Islamic Relations
Islamic Society of North America
National Council of La Raza
Desis Rising Up and Moving
Asian American Justice Center
National Immigration Project
Black Alliance for Just Immigration
Make the Road
National Day Laborer Organizing Network
New York Immigration Coalition
National Domestic Workers Alliance
International Refugee Assistance Project
How to help if you're in New York tonight
How to help make a dangerous time safer
Check to see if you live in a sanctuary state or city, and let your local elected officials know they have your back as they begin to feel the heat.
Support the sanctuary movement in other ways (even in restaurants!).
Know your rights and help your neighbors know theirs.
Listen to a rapid-response conference call recorded today by immigrant and refugee advocates.