Commission to discuss Trump's proposed immigration policies

Commission meets to discuss Trump's policies

AUSTIN, TEXAS - Austin is filled with more than 926,000 people and of those, one in five is an immigrant - some documented, some not.

Concern for the well-being of Austin's immigrant population has spurred many people, including the mayor, to come forward and voice concerns about President-Elect Donald Trump's immigration plans.

"He made promises of deporting 11-million individuals," said Angela-Jo Touza-Medina, Chair of the City of Austin's Commission on Immigration Affairs.

The commission advises the city council on issues related to the immigrant population.

"Action of that kind would really have ramifications in terms of the gaps we as a community would have to fill in for children and for families," Touza-Medina said. 

The commission is holding a special called meeting at City Hall Monday night at 6:30pm to discuss what, if any, action the city can take.

"For the commission as a whole, when we think about, you know, preparing for a Trump presidency, what it means is how can we protect the fabric of our community and when we can't protect it, how can we cushion the effects," Touza-Medina added. 

She said the effects could be separated families or children whose parents are deported, so education will be key.
  
"How can we prepare immigrant families in case something drastic happens, so that they know what the rights and responsibilities are and what they need to have in place to ensure the safety and well-being of their families."

Touza-Medina said she expects the commission will start constructing a recommendation to council based on the conversation of the meeting. 

(© 2016 KVUE)


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