We are entering a time of great risk and uncertainty, but even now there are opportunities if we have the vision to seize them. Anxiety and uncertainty about our economic future are emerging as two key issues driving votes for Donald Trump. Now is the time to advance an agenda of widespread economic wellbeing, rooted in fundamental values of respect and dignity for all people, equality of opportunity, and healthy, functioning communities.
The Trump administration could move quickly on anti-immigrant measures aimed at distracting people from the deep inequalities that plague our country. Precisely because of that, we must urgently work on building strong, broad and diverse alliances. Immigrant communities should play a much more active role in proposing responsible solutions to the problems of economic inequality in our country and around the world.
In the short term, we must focus on defending those at most risk of reprisals from a Trump Administration, specifically, the young people who have benefited from Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as DACA. Children and families recently arrived in the US and seeking protection from extreme violence and insecurity in Central America constitute a second critically vulnerable group. As Alianza Americas, we will continue to defend the right to humanitarian protection for all those who need it. Many people are hurting and need our protection, especially the victims of the armed conflicts in Syria and other Middle East countries.
Beyond the short term, we must also refocus our efforts on legislative solutions that will allow those who lack immigrant visas, or have only temporary protection, to move to acquiring permanent residency visas, including the option to eventually apply for US citizenship.