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With the election of Donald Trump as president, we have officially entered new and uncharted territory. What happens next is anybody’s guess. And up to now, most of those guesses have been proven wrong. With that caveat acknowledged, The Santa Barbara Independent news team has sought to explore some of the most immediate pressure points in which the push of the new administration could come to shove over local concerns. Health care. The environment. Immigrant rights. These issues are obvious. What’s far from obvious is what happens next.

• On Immigration and Sanctuary, S.B. Looks the Other Way: Law enforcement doesn’t ask, and the city doesn’t want to tell.

• Undocumented Students on Tenterhooks: Their futures and the DACA program hang in the balance.

• Schools Expanding ‘Safe Zones’: S.B. Unified, UCSB, and SBCC are all taking steps to protect students.

• The Farmworker Fear: Increased ICE raids loom over undocumented field hands and their employers.

• Santa Barbara Oil and the Fight for the Environment: The Trump administration could ruin Santa Barbara Coast with oil drilling.

• What Killing the Affordable Care Act Means for Santa Barbara: The Republican congress moves to kill Obamacare, leaving 22 million Americans high and dry.

• Santa Barbara Planned Parenthood Faces Congressional Defunding: National public health crisis may result if it’s forced to close.

• Endangered Species in the Line of Fire?: Biologists are fretting over the fate of condors, island foxes, and steelhead trout.

• Pre-Trump S.B. Immigration Policy: And how could it change under the new administration?

• For Immigrants, Knowledge Is Power, Protection: Attorneys hosting ‘Know Your Rights’ workshops for undocumented residents.

• Keep Santa Barbara Great Again!: A practical guide to protecting the things we hold dear.


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