After the Election: It's Time to Fight Now

November 10, 2016
In one of the most shocking surprises in US political history, Republican Donald Trump won the White House election Tuesday night. The Latino community is one of the communities most affected by this decision. Therefore, the population's worries vary from what will happen to the executive actions of President Barack Obama specifically with DACA and DAPA. Since it was a closed election and there are many interests of the Latino community at risk, the last thing to do is to return to the shadows and act with fear.
Our response as a community is to know our rights and fight for our dignity. We must reaffirm our commitments to our families and be strong.  We must be ready and mobilized to take action when the time is right: Call legislators, go to the streets, organize community meetings, promover la voz. This is the only way change can happen. We build power in numbers and through lifting our voices.
For now here’s how you can take action and support our community:
  • Remind people that Donald Trump does not take office until January 20, 2017. He cannot do anything until President Obama leaves office.
  • Join the Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice to stay informed and join a movement for immigrant rights. Go to www.acij.net and join today.
  • Know your rights with police and ICE. Remember your right to remain silent but give your real name if asked as required by Alabama law. Do not sign anything you do not understand. Carry the name of an attorney with you. If they come to your house, do not open the door unless they have a warrant. 
  • Report acts of racism. Collect as many details as possible and call ¡HICA! at 205-942-5505.
  • Communicate with your child’s school about the importance of creating a safe, inclusive environment.  Tell them you will not tolerate any bullying. File complaints in writing and call ¡HICA! for support.  
  • If you are able to become a U.S. citizen, Ya es Hora! Prepare yourself to vote in the next election. Contact ¡HICA! for a free eligibility screening.
  • Support our youth with DACA. We are working with allies to stay informed about what DACA recipients and applicants should do. 
  • Be an ally to other communities including African Americans, other immigrants, Muslims, the LGBTQ community, people with disabilities, and women. We all need to work together.
  • Continue to follow our websites and Facebook pages for the latest information.
We know this is a scary, difficult time and we cannot know for certain what will happen. What we do know is that we all have rights as human beings and we and our allies, with your help, will stand up for those rights to protect the America we all believe in.

¡We are with the Hispanic Community!