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Prerna Lal
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Founder, CEO and Managing Attorney, Lal Legal
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Lal, the immigration lawyer, advised people not to lie or misrepresent themselves on the census, since that could negatively affect their current immigration status or their ability to apply for citizenship later on.

Whatever people decide to do, she said there is a lot at stake.

"If we don't count millions of people, we lose representation in Congress, we lose a lot of federal funding and we lose more power politically," Lal said.

"We can't not be counted; we have to figure out a way to be counted while also protecting our communities."

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But Lal told Truthout that it appears as though CBP officers were not complying with the courts' orders, something that she said would be a "first in the history of [the] country."

"What should be happening is that US Marshalls should be in all airports, and arresting anyone not complying with the court orders, which means that they should be arresting CBP," Lal said.

"It very much seems like the judicial order is ineffective almost, and then it makes me question whether the republic is dead, whether everything that Americans take for granted in terms of freedoms and liberty is gone," she said.

"They should wake up and realize maybe that the biggest threat to them doesn't lie abroad and at the airport, it lies right here in Washington, DC."

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We can’t just fight federal antiimmigrant policies for the next four years, either. We need to put forward pro-immigrant measures through local and state legislation, as well as continue to organize for education, singlepayer healthcare, a social safety net and better environmental policies. As Trump launches an onslaught against our sanctuary cities, we need to push to end cooperation between local police and immigration enforcement. As Trump revokes legal protections for young immigrants, we need to ensure our K-12 and higher education institutions continue to be safe spaces for our students. We need to take to the streets with young people proclaiming they won’t go back into the shadows while pursuing creative litigation strategies for more permanent relief for immigrants. With lawyers, advocates and community members, we need to resist all deportations with every tool in our arsenal.

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Immigration and Post-Election Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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