Immigrant rights convention in Nashville shifts focus after Trump win

Carlos Sada, left, Mexico's ambassador to the United States, takes part in a panel discussion during a session of the National Immigration Integration Conference Monday, Dec. 12, 2016, in Nashville. The national meeting of immigration advocates scheduled in Nashville was meant to be a celebration of gains made in recent years, especially in the South. Now it may turn into a strategy session for defending advances against a Trump presidency. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

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NASHVILLE - Organizers of a national conference aimed at promoting the rights of immigrants to the United States had to make some dramatic adjustments to their agenda before the conference opened over the weekend in Nashville.

Attendees at this year's National Immigration Integration Conference were hoping to explore ways to promote the rights of immigrants and refugees and help them integrate into society. But that was before Donald Trump won the presidency.

Now, the advocates for immigrants find themselves on the defensive in facing Trump, who has been severely critical of current immigration policies.

A workshop on how more immigrants can qualify for health care under the Affordable Care Act was changed to "Resiliency in Advocating for Immigrant Health in Hostile Environments."