Zócalo Public Square
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What Does Trump Mean for Immigrant L.A.?
August 9, 2017 • 7:30 pm PDT
A Zócalo/The California Wellness Foundation Event
Moderated by Jennifer Medina, National Correspondent, The New York Times
Donald Trump has said that many immigrants are criminals and security risks, and that in response he is pursuing an “America First” agenda of deporting and banning those migrants whom he claims could pose threats to public safety. What does that mean for Los Angeles County, where more than one-third of residents were born in another country? How has life changed for L.A. immigrants—from the undocumented, to green card holders, to longtime naturalized citizens—as a result of Trump’s rhetoric and policies? How has this new reality influenced relations between neighbors and co-workers in L.A., and to what extent is the Trump era affecting the ability of immigrants to start families, buy houses, open businesses, travel, pursue education, or change jobs? Los Angeles Times immigration reporter Cindy Carcamo, Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell, World Trade Center Los Angeles president Stephen Cheung, and director of USC’s Tomás Rivera Policy Institute Roberto Suro visit Zócalo to discuss how the Trump era is changing immigrant L.A.