With what Ruth Behar refers to as ambivalent connections to our one-time homelands, we arrived at the United States courthouse in downtown El Paso, Texas on a hot afternoon and witnessed the Trump Administration’s “zero tolerance” policies in action.
The current political administration poses numerous threats to various minoritized communities in the United States. Anti-Latinx and transphobic sentiments and policy actions are on the rise. Given this state of affairs, one might assume that life is markedly more difficult for transgender Latinxs in the Trump era.
The Affordable Care Act is under threat of repeal, and while lawmakers argue over what will replace it if anything, the healthcare policy landscape has already shifted. Entire sectors of the US population—undocumented immigrants and the working poor—were excluded or had limited access to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace to begin with, and they continue to struggle to afford primary health care services and to find treatment for chronic illnesses.