HOUSTON — President-elect Donald Trump made some pretty bold statements regarding immigrants during the campaign.
For many Muslim-Americans, the message heard by Trump's election is insulting.
“What we saw was a lot of fear mongering, and a lot of vitriol,” Mustafaa Carroll of the Council on American–Islamic Relations said. "But we also know that the president in this country is not king. So he has to work with Congress and that type thing, but he can have some serious impact.”
For Houston’s Latino immigrant population, the fear is starting to set in.
Attorney Silvia Mintz works with Latino families trying to obtain legal status in the United States.
“I have been receiving messages on social media and text messages, asking what is going to happen to their status?” she said.
Especially afraid are those immigrants here illegally that signed up for President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which gave those who qualified for a work permit and a two-year deferment of deportation with the option to renew.
“Mr. Trump's platform says he's going to cancel that program. If president-elect Trump decided to say OK I’m going to start removing the people that I know about he already has a good database where he can start,” Mintz said.
The upside, many more Hispanics voted this election.
“They have come out in numbers and I think that that should send a message to elected officials that they need to take the Hispanic community serious,” Johnny Mata of the Greater Houston Coalition for Justice said.
Trump’s acceptance speech was filled with unification, but many immigrants fear the division they heard during his campaign.