Pinoy 'TNT' says immigrants in US now 'living in fear'
With Donald Trump's victory in the recently concluded US elections, "communities of color" in the United States are now "living in fear," a Filipino-American immigrants' rights advocate said Friday.
Interviewed on "Balitanghali," Raymond Partolan said, "Dito sa Georgia mismo, sa whole southeastern United States, yung mga communities of color... are today living in fear because of the possibilities that a Donald Trump presidency can present."
He said communities of color include African-Americans, Latinos, Asian-Americans and Muslim-Americans.
The Atlanta-based Partolan, himself an undocumented immigrant, said he fears that Trump may fulfill his promise of dismantling the pro-immigrant Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program in his first 100 days in office.
Partolan said the program allows him to drive and work legally in the US even without the necessary immigration papers.
"Without this program, I would have to go back into hiding," he said.
The Mercer University graduate was brought to the US by his parents when he was just an infant. Because he was not born in the US, he is barred him from being recognized as a citizen despite spending his entire life in there.
Partolan, also the program coordinator at Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta, said they are on "wait and see" mode regarding Trump's policies on immigration.
"With a Donald Trump presidency, there is a lot up in the air, maraming uncertainty dito po, and right now, gusto lang natin malaman kung anong mangyayari sa community natin," he said.
Partolan also said based on exit polls, majority of Asian-Americans supported Trump's opponent, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, in the 2016 elections.
"According to a recent poll, Asian-Americans supported Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump, 75 percent to 19 percent, so marami ditong Asian-Americans na galit na galit sila," he said.
He added that about 54 percent of Filipinos consider themselves to be Democrats. —Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News