CORONA, Queens – For residents who have been critical of President-elect Donald Trump, they have gone from venting to organizing on two different scales – both large and small.
Rosa, sitting in a green sweater, is an undocumented immigrant from Mexico. She was participating in a conference call in Corona, Queens on Wednesday about turning houses of worship into sanctuaries for undocumented immigrants.
"Since he's been nominated and before he's used many racist phrases," Rosa said in Spanish.
With so many New Yorkers consumed with a potent mix of anxiety and uncertainty, this is the new reality. And they are waiting to see what president-elect Trump will do with his many controversial proposals, including immigration.
"We really can't know, it's not clear whether or when the time comes he's going to say whether he will follow through on the things he said or change the things he's saying," Rosa said. "It's not clear yet."
Adding to her concerns: Rosa has a municipal ID.
Mayor Bill de Blasio has gone on the record refusing to release the database of those who have registered for the cards if Donald Trump makes good on his promise to deport millions of undocumented immigrants.
"This city and so many cities around the country will do what we can to protect our residents to make sure families are not torn apart," de Blasio said after his Wednesday meeting with Trump.
Before the meeting with de Blasio, Trump softened his stance.
Several communities, including residents of Sunnyside, are trying to raise awareness of the resources available.
"I'm not going to sit and wait until they come for us," said Assemb. Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Queens) said.
Rosa hopes new Trump policies will also be accompanied with a change of tone in this debate.
"If Donald Trump ever hears this, I want him to stop the hatred that been spewed out that he has helped promote and put out," Rosa said. "He needs to come forward and stop that."
The decision on the deletion of the municipal IDs database will be made at the end of the year, according to the mayor's office.