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California’s Farmers Voted For Trump Because They Wanted Change. They Told The NY Times They’re Worried Trump Might Deport Their Undocumented Work Force

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Over the last few weeks, California’s farmers have grown increasingly concerned as they’ve watched President Trump sign off on executive orders calling for stricter immigration policies. As the New York Times points out, a University of California at Davis study shows that nearly 70 percent of the farming workforce in the U.S. is made up of undocumented workers. If these workers were deported tomorrow, California’s “$35 billion a year” industry could experience an economic hit that could have repercussions across the state, as well as the entire country, the New York Times reports.



Now here’s the kicker: many of these farmers actually voted for Donald Trump. According to the New York Times, Central Valley and San Joaquin Valley farmers were drawn to Donald Trump’s campaign promises of reducing government regulations and taxes. But when it came to Trump’s promises to implement stricter immigration policies, these same farmers developed an unfortunate blindspot.



Adding to this growing tension among California farmers is that the state and President Trump aren’t on the same page at all when it comes to undocumented workers. While California is currently taking measures that would enable it to become a sanctuary state, President Trump has made it clear he would have no problem defunding the state if it legally protected its undocumented population.



For the whole story, check out the New York Times’ piece.



[New York Times] California Farmers Backed Trump, but Now Fear Losing Field Workers



READ: defiant california set to vote on act that would make entire state a sanctuary for undocumented immigrants

ICE's Latest Immigration Arrests In L.A. Have Put Fear Back In Undocumented Community

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ICE’s Latest Immigration Arrests In L.A. Have Put Fear Back In Undocumented Community

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Protesters took to the streets of downtown Los Angeles in response to deportation roundups conducted this week by ICE. The arrests have only stoked the flames of growing fears that President Trump’s immigration policies will lead to more aggressive raids of undocumented immigrants. There are conflicting statements about the number of people that have been detained in southern California, but the fear is real.

A series of arrests by ICE involving undocumented immigrants has many in Southern California on edge.

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According to Los Angeles Times, the arrests of undocumented immigrants with no previous criminal record have only further exacerbated fears about Trump’s promised crackdown on undocumented immigrants living in the U.S.

The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) told the L.A. Times they believe at least 100 undocumented immigrants were arrested.


“They say it’s routine, but we don’t believe it was a routine operation,” Angelica Salas, the executive director of CHIRLA, told the Los Angeles Times.

But Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials dispute CHIRLA’s claim.


“Our operations are targeted and lead driven, prioritizing individuals who pose a risk to our communities. Examples would include known street gang members, child sex offenders, and deportable foreign nationals with significant drug trafficking convictions,” Virginia Kice, a spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, told the L.A. Times. “To that end, ICE’s routine immigration enforcement actions are ongoing and we make arrests every day.”

According to the L.A. Times, the Los Angeles Police Department says it is not assisting in these arrests.

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Rather, LAPD claims that they are standing by their commitment to work with the undocumented community, which Pew Research Center estimates to be 1,000,000 in the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim metropolitan area.

If you or someone you love is undocumented or on DACA, here’s some advice from an immigration attorney.

If You Have DACA Or Are Undocumented: Know Your Rights

Posted by We are mitú on Tuesday, December 13, 2016

You can also click here for legal help from iAmerica. Be safe, everyone.



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