With the surprising results of the 2016 U.S. Presidential election in the books, the reality has set in among illegal immigrants that their days of running free in the country may be limited.
On one side of the issue sits President-elect, Republican Donald Trump, who made campaign promises to build a wall along the U.S./Mexico border. He also promised to attempt to unravel the controversial Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which gives protection to adults who were illegally brought into the country as children.
On the other side sits the state of California with its far-left liberal legislature that has made it possible for illegal immigrants to get driver’s licenses, health coverage for children and in-state tuition. Combined with sanctuary cities like San Francisco, the whole state has done everything it can to protect illegals, even those that have been or are currently suspected of committing crimes.
In the days following election, thousands of protestors throughout the country took to the streets to protest a Trump presidency. In California, many more thousands of protestors blocked freeways in Oakland and Los Angeles, hoping to drive home the point they didn’t intend to follow the policies that might be set forth by the Trump administration.
To date, Trump, nor anyone else from his transition team, has made any clear indications about what the GOP has in mind as a new immigration policy. Based on comments made by Kris Kobach, a member of Trump’s immigration policy transition team, the options on the table include mass deportations and a slowing down of the processing of visas for the citizens of Mexico who are looking to come into the country legally.
Based on other campaign promises made by new California U.S. Senator-elect Kamala Harris, there will be fight for the rights of illegal immigrants. As the country moves closer to inauguration day, the lines are being drawn in the sand and an immigration war seems imminent.