The high stakes battle over immigration policy has politicians and thinkers on all sides of the spectrum preparing for battles that could last years -- leaving millions of people in the US unsure of whether they'll be able to stay in the country.
The President-elect has made immigration a focal point throughout his campaign, from his first announcement that he was running in the 2016 race -- where he immediately sparked controversy with accusations that some Mexican immigrants were criminals and rapists.
From pledging to build a wall along the Mexican border to saying he would mass-deport millions of immigrants living in the US illegally and saying he would block foreign Muslims from entering the country (a position he later moderated), Trump has repeatedly pledged a hard-line stance on immigration as one of the key reasons to vote for him.
The hard-line statements with shifting details have left millions of Americans uncertain about their future status in the US. More than 700,000 undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children are protected currently by a deferred action program established by President Barack Obama, and another 4 million to 5 million were eligible for protection under a similar program for parents of US citizens and lawful residents that was blocked by federal courts. Many of the families' information could be in federal systems, allowing for targeted removal under a Trump administration.
Since being elected, Trump has signaled he may take a softer approach on some issues rather than the strident tone he struck during the campaign.
"We're going to work something out that's going to make people happy and proud," Trump told Time magazine about the so-called DREAMers, young people brought to the US as children who meet certain education and work requirements. "They got brought here at a very young age, they've worked here, they've gone to school here. Some were good students. Some have wonderful jobs. And they're in never-never land because they don't know what's going to happen.
((CNN) Here's a look at the life of President-elect and businessman Donald Trump.
Birth date: June 14, 1946
Birth place: New York, New York
Birth name: Donald John Trump
Father: Fred Trump, real estate developer
Mother: Mary (Macleod) Trump
Marriages: Melania (Knauss) Trump (January 22, 2005-present); Marla (Maples) Trump (December 1993-June 1999, divorced); Ivana (Zelnicek) Trump (1977-1990, divorced)
Children: with Melania (Knauss) Trump: Barron, March 20, 2006; with Marla (Maples) Trump: Tiffany, October 13, 1993; with Ivana (Zelnicek) Trump: Eric, 1984; Ivanka, October 30, 1981; Donald Jr., December 31, 1977
Education: University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Finance, 1968
Famous American entrepreneur and real estate developer.
Chairman and President of The Trump Organization.
Nicknamed "The Donald."
1970s - After college, works with his father on developments in Queens and Brooklyn.
1980s - Purchases/builds multiple properties in New York City, including Trump Tower (1983), Trump Plaza, and multiple casinos in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
1983 - Buys the New Jersey Generals football team which goes under a few years later when the United States Football League folds.
1990 - One of his casinos is forced into temporary bankruptcy as Trump faces huge debts.
1992 - Two of Trump's casinos file for bankruptcy in order to restructure debts.
1996 - Buys out and becomes executive producer of the Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA pageants.
January 2004 - "The Apprentice," with Trump acting as host, premieres on NBC.
August 18, 2004 - Relaunches a board game called "Trump, the Game," an updated version of a 1989 game with the same name.
November 21, 2004 - Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts Inc. files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
January 16, 2007 - Trump receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
January 2008 - "The Apprentice" returns, re-branded as "Celebrity Apprentice."
February 13, 2009 - Announces he is resigning from his position as chairman of Trump Entertainment Resorts.
February 17, 2009 - Trump Entertainment Resorts files for bankruptcy. The Trump Organization owns 28% of Trump Entertainment Resorts.
May 16, 2011 - Announces he will not run for president.
May 29, 2012 - On CNN's The Situation Room, maintains that President Barack Obama's birthplace is a matter of opinion and with regards to the president's Hawaiian birth certificate, "a lot of people do not think it was an authentic certificate."
March 15, 2013 - Makes a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), calling the country a "a total and complete mess."
June 1, 2015 - Says he will make a "major announcement [on] June 16" at Trump Tower, according to a GIF posted on his official Instagram account.
June 16, 2015 - Trump announces that he is running for president during a speech from Trump Tower in New York.
June 28, 2015 - Trump says he's giving up the TV show "The Apprentice" to run for president.
June 29, 2015 - NBC says it is cutting its business ties to Trump and won't air the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants because of "derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants." This comes two weeks after comments Trump made about Mexican immigrants during his presidential campaign announcement.
July 8, 2015 - In an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper, Trump says he "can't guarantee" all of the workers he employs have legal status in the United States. This is a response to questions about a recent Washington Post report that said there are undocumented immigrants working at the Old Post Office Pavilion construction site in Washington, which Trump is converting into a luxury hotel.
July 15, 2015 - Trump's campaign reports that the Republican presidential candidate's net worth is "in excess of ten billion dollars" and his personal finance disclosure has been submitted to the Federal Election Commission.
July 22, 2015 - Donald Trump's financial disclosure report is made public by the Federal Election Commission.
August 6, 2015 - During the first 2016 Republican debate, Trump is questioned about a third party candidacy, his attitude towards women and his history of donating money to Democratic politicians. He tells moderator Megyn Kelly of Fox News that he feels he is being mistreated, declaring "I've been very nice to you, although I could probably maybe not be, based on the way you have treated me. But I wouldn't do that." After the debate, a series of late-night Tweets are posted on Trump's Twitter page, criticizing Kelly and Fox News.
August 7, 2015 - The controversy continues, as Trump tells CNN's Don Lemon that Kelly was singling him out for attack. He says, "You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever."
September 11, 2015 - Trump announces on social media he has purchased NBC's half of the Miss Universe Organization, which organizes the annual Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants.
December 7, 2015 - Trump's campaign puts out a press release calling for a "complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on."
March 2016 - Along with 13 others, is ranked number 324 on Forbes' list of the the world's billionaires with a net worth of $4.5 billion.
March 29, 2016 - Trump's campaign manager Corey Lewandowski is arrested and charged in Jupiter, Florida, with simple battery of former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields. Two weeks later, State Attorney David Aronberg announces he will not prosecute Lewandowski.
May 26, 2016 - Secures enough delegates to clinch the Republican Party nomination. A CNN count estimates Trump has crossed the 1,237 threshold required to be elected the nominee. However, Trump is still the presumptive Republican nominee until the delegates formally cast their votes on the convention floor in Cleveland in July.
July 16, 2016 - Trump formally unveils Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his running mate.
July 19, 2016 - Officially becomes the Republican Party nominee for president.
October 1, 2016 - A New York Times report about Donald Trump's 1995 tax records shows he declared a $916 million loss that could have allowed him to legally skip paying federal income taxes for years. The report, which contains some of the most detail of Trump's financial empire that has been publicly reported, shows Trump declared a $916 million loss for 1995 and lists tax benefits he used after a turbulent financial period for him in the early 1990s. The Times says it obtained the three pages of documents when they were mailed to a reporter last month.
October 7, 2016 - Previously unaired footage from 2005 surfaces of Donald Trump talking about trying to have sex with a married woman and being able to grope women. In footage obtained by The Washington Post, Trump is heard off-camera discussing women in vulgar terms during the taping of a segment for "Access Hollywood." In a taped response, Trump apologizes early Saturday, "I said it, I was wrong and I apologize." Over the weekend, several House and Senate members rescind their endorsements of Trump, and key GOP figures call for Trump to step aside.
October 9, 2016 - During the second presidential debate, CNN's Anderson Cooper asks Trump about his descriptions of groping and kissing women without their consent in the "Access Hollywood" footage. Trump denies that he has ever engaged in such behavior and declares the comments were "locker room talk." After the debate, 11 women step forward to claim that they were sexually harassed or sexually assaulted by the real estate developer. Trump says the stories aren't true.
November 8, 2016 - Is elected president of the United States. Trump will be the first US president who has never held elected office, a top government post or a military rank.
November 18, 2016 - Donald Trump has agreed to pay $25 million to settle three lawsuits against Trump University. The deal will keep the president-elect from having to testify in a trial in San Diego that was set to begin November 28. The settlement ends a suit brought by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, as well as two class action suits in California. About 6,000 former students are covered by the settlement. The victims will receive at least half of their money back.
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