Advocates and attorneys for undocumented immigrants aren't waiting until Inauguration Day to assist the millions of people who find their status in even greater jeopardy given the campaign rhetoric by President-elect Donald Trump.
While unsure what immigration policy will look like under a Trump administration, they are focused on organizing into networks and coalitions, training workers, and educating clients about their rights before changes take place.
"When Donald Trump was elected, it was like this alarm went off in the community of those who work with immigrants," said Sr. Tracy Kemme, a member of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati who works in a parish of largely Guatemalan immigrants in Ohio. The parish has always been supportive of her ministry with immigrant families, Kemme said. But now Kemme and her parish will have to help the families "be aware of what the best decisions are for them at this time."