Trump’s executive order on sanctuary cities blocked

Block welcomed, as lawmakers and advocates encourage citizenship to protect undocumented immigrants from President Trump’s orders

  

President Donald Trump’s policies has made many non-US citizens concerned about what will happen to them, despite legal status.

With Trump’s 100th day in office just a few days away — just as he promised during his campaign major changes in immigration policies.

From travel bans on Muslim countries, increased immigration raids, crackdowns on sanctuary cities, as well as a review of the guest worker visa program — the courts have already blocked three of his executive orders.

The latest happened on Tuesday, when a federal judge in San Francisco blocked Trump’s most recent presidential order that would have stripped federal funding from so-called sanctuary cities. 

Activists preparing for next week’s May Day rallies welcomed the latest move. 

 “What it tells the Trump administration is there are checks and balances written in the constitution, and even the President and even the attorney general must respect that,” said Jorge-Mario Cabrera, from the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights Los Angeles.

Trump tweeted this morning that he will take this case to the Supreme Court. 

 Many of the president’s policies have been targeted against both legal and undocumented immigrants.

While some activists enjoy this first victory, others are taking initiative.

 Advocates say with no telling what the administration will attempt next. They advise eligible immigrants to become US citizens as soon as possible. 

 “We’ve seen a huge up-tick in the last four months in residents inquiring about citizenship. They’re very worried that citizenship may become more difficult, that it may cost more. They just don’t know what the Trump administration will do to those who are eligible to become citizens, but have not yet applied,” said Stuart Kwoh, from Asian Americans Advancing Justice. “The laws have not changed. If you are eligible to be come a United States citizen, and you want to become a United States citizen, this is the time to apply… we don’t know what will happen in the next few weeks, in the next few months, in the next year.”

 According to Asian Americans Advancing Justice, who holds workshops for aspiring citizens, some 300,000 Asian Americans live in Los Angeles that are eligible — but have yet to become citizens.

Pro-Immigrant elected officials like Congresswoman Judy Chu and LA City Councilman David Ryu say becoming a US citizen can be a safeguard against deportations, provide easier travel, and allow for family petitions — no matter what the President’s next orders will call for. 

“We need them to know they can protect their rights, and one of the greatest ways to protect their rights is to become US citizens, so they can protect themselves and their families,” said Chu.

 Ultimately, Chu adds that when immigrants do become citizens — they will be able to make their voices hear by gaining the right to vote.

Finances has often been cited as one of the biggest obstacles for undocumented immigrants and their families to apply for potential citizenship.

However, advocates say that money shouldn’t be an issue. Immigration services does fee waivers and provide reduced fee programs.

 

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  • Mario
    27 April 2017 at 5:27 am - Reply

    Sanctuary Cities funding under Obama regime will end when Trump prepare the 2018 budget on October. This will be Trump FOREVER strategy, said to the Federal judges who blocked his executive order,”See you at the Supreme Court”. Soon the liberal Democrats feels the power of the SC, which remain conservative for the next 30 years… It was the Democrat Sen Harry Reeds ambition and arrogance on “NO-GOP President for the next 100 years”. On 2013 the Democrat changes the 80 years old ruling on all Presidential appointees from 60-votes to 51-votes known as NUCLEAR OPTION. Thinking that, Hillary Clinton will win the 2016 Presidential election. But it was a miracle, Trump won a GOP,the ambitious dream of the Democrat Party backfire,..its over.During Trump 4-years term, SC will be 6-3 conservative, meaning SC can reverse all leftist agenda at the SC. The future of the country rely on the MILLENNIALS, it is time to align yourself to the winning team for the next 39-100 years, join the conservative movement.Don’t waste your time on rallies, you will never win.

  • Santiago Del Mundo
    29 April 2017 at 8:41 am - Reply

    Because of overwhelming support to exist as sanctuary city (only idiots would do such a thing), Preesident Trump will defund sanctuary cities…San Francisco, Los Angeles, or whatever… The real problem right now moving forward is that your buddy Gerry Brown (Demoncrap-California), will increase taxes on gasoline and vehicle (registration)…who is suffering??? You want to support illegal immigration? Well, Brown himself is as dumb as anyone who holds public office promoting sanctuary cities, that was the only way they got into office….

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