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An incoming Trump administration brings a heightened sense of uncertainty, and marginalized communities are relying on you to ask the right questions. Below are ten questions that will help shape the conversations we have about the upcoming executive orders and legislative proposals of the next few days and months.

Will a Trump administration encourage “stop and frisk” and “show me your papers” policies to target Black and Latinx immigrants?

Ruled unconstitutional by the New York State Supreme Court, “stop and frisk” practices have been proven to disproportionately target Blacks & Latinos, putting brown undocumented Americans at greater risk of detainment and deportation. Trump has also met with Kris Kobach, the author of SB 1070.  Will the Trump administration continue to encourage such practices?

How will a Trump administration improve housing conditions for trans immigrants in detention centers?

Perhaps Those most adversely affected by US deportation practices at undocumented trans immigrants.  Trans women are often kept for countless hours in solitary confinement or housed in men’s detention units where they suffer harassment and abuse. What will the administration do to stop this and ensure the safe and humane treatment of ALL detainees?

Will President Trump revoke the Morton memos?

The “Morton memos,” issued in 2011 by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) director John Morton, directed the agency to focus on deporting those who pose a serious threat to public safety. By simply revoking the memos, Trump would give ICE full authority to turn on the 11 million undocumented Americans who have become integral to their community’s success.

How many people will the Trump administration deport?

President Elect Trump has said multiple times that he will remove millions of undocumented immigrants who “have criminal records.” But a recent study from the Migration Policy Institute estimates that there are only 820,000 undocumented immigrants with criminal records. Will the new administration provide the public with a substantiated number?

How will the government respond to the continuing influx of Central American refugees?

While the undocumented population in the United States has stabilized, thousands of people fleeing the violence in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras continue to make the journey north. Will asylum seekers swell the population of corporate detention centers? How will Gen. John F. Kelly, the new Homeland Security Chief, seek to improve the lives of Central Americans, so in his words, “the people won’t leave to come here.”

Will President Trump sign the BRIDGE Act?

Assuming that Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is repealed, will President Trump sign the bi-partisan “Bar Removal of Individuals Who Dream of Growing Our Economy (BRIDGE) Act”? Similar to DACA, The BRIDGE Act would make it possible for people who meet certain requirements to apply for and receive “provisional protected presence” and work authorization for a three-year period. People who already have DACA would be deemed to have provisional protected presence until their DACA’s expiration date, then they would be eligible to apply affirmatively for provisional protected presence. The BRIDGE bill also would impose restrictions on the sharing of information in DACA and provisional protected presence applications with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection for purposes of immigration enforcement.

Does President Trump support banning or limitations on Muslims?

If so, how would his administration enforce that? How does it justify the potential human rights violations that would be involved in such practices?

Will the Trump administration take Native American land to close the border fence?

The Tohono O’ohdam Nationa, a Native American reservation the size of Connecticut, is located directly in the path of proposed construction plans for the wall at the U.S.-Mexican border. Does the incoming administration plan to violate federal law and build through sovereign land belonging to indigenous peoples?

Will the Trump administration issue ideological tests?

President Trump has been quoted in favor of administering “ideological screening tests” for people who want to immigrate permanently to the United States, a practice that focuses more on cultural assimilation than national security. What evidence does the administration have on the effectiveness of such tactics?

Does the Trump administration have a plan to the backlog of immigration court cases?

With more roughly 526,000 cases in the federal immigration court backlog, what will the new administration do to bring the backlog to zero? Can it guarantee that more judges will be ethically hired to meet the demand?

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