Trump election fuels fears of deportations
Many undocumented immigrants say they are worried about their status in the United States in the wake of Donald Trump's recent election to the presidency.
Musa Morong, a West African and Muslim immigrant who runs a business in the Bronx, says he worries he won't be able to bring is ailing sister to New York due to the Muslim ban Trump had repeatedly floated during the campaign.
"I am very worried about that," Morong says. "If he continues to do it like that, I will be very sad."
While the president may have the power to enact such a travel ban, the move would likely draw First Amendment lawsuits, experts say.
Lymari Casta, an immigration attorney in the Bronx, says her phone has been ringing off the hook since the election.
"We have received calls of people who are afraid," she says. "Immigrants have a right to have their case heard before an immigration judge before they are deported."
People facing deportation also have a right to obtain a lawyer before immigration proceedings, she says.
But Casta says that Trump can revoke DACA, an order that protects more than 800,000 young, undocumented immigrants from deportation and grants them work permits.
At the same time, Trump has also softened his views on mass deportations, saying he would first look for undocumented immigrants with criminal records.
Mayor Bill de Blasio, in a recent meeting with Trump, says he told the president-elect that New York City would seek to protect immigrant families and keep them from being torn apart by deportations.