Sunday, August 7, 2016

Trump says he would limit immigration from the Philippines

Thousands of Filipino/Americans celebrate Philippine Independence Day in San Francisco.
UNBELIEVABLE! Donald Trump said he would limit immigration from the Philippines.

The Philippines - a former U.S. colony, the U.S.-created "model of democracy" in Asia, whose people fought alongside Americans in WWII, one of the U.S.'s most loyal allies, the Philippines where the lure to America is so great that would-be immigrants have to wait more than 23 years before they can move to this country.

Yes, he did.

At a rally in Portland, Maine last Thursday (Aug. 4) said the United States should be wary of immigrants from a whole host of countries -- including the Philippines -- even if they come into this country legally. 

"We're letting people come in from terrorist nations that shouldn't be allowed because you can't vet them," Trump said. "There's no way of vetting them. You have no idea who they are. This could be the great Trojan horse of all time."
As an example, Trump cited, “An immigrant from Afghanistan who later applied for and received US citizenship (and) an illegal permanent resident from the Philippines were convicted for plotting to join Al-Quaida and the Taliban in order to kill as many Americans as possible.”

It was one of several examples he gave of immigrants coming into the country, border problems and extremists entering the US as refugees.

"We're dealing with animals," he seethed.

Without mentioning the word “Muslim,” Trump said: “We must immediately suspend immigration from any nation that has been compromised by terrorism until such time as proven vetting mechanisms have been put in place,” Trump said. “We don’t want them in our country.”

“Donald Trump’s latest rant suggesting we ban immigration from countries like the Philippines that are helping us fight terrorism is another example of his reckless rhetoric that’s based on fear and division and further proves he is unfit to lead our country,” said Hawaii's U.S. Senator Brian Schatz.

“For generations, Filipinos have made the United States their home,” Schatz said. “It is their vibrant culture, hard work, and strong values that have enriched our communities and made this country great, not the ignorant, racist bigotry of Donald Trump.”

“Filipinos on our island and across the country serve in uniform, in our hospitals, in our schools and across every private and public sector," said Sen. Nerissa Underwood of Guam. "Filipinos are also beloved members of our families and communities.

"As a proud daughter from Iloilo in the Philippines, I am a grateful adopted daughter of Guam and horrified by Mr. Trump’s statement and the leaders who have chosen to support him. I have worked my entire life to give back to our island that we all call home. Hate, fear and division are not qualities we need in the U.S. President and should give Americans across the country concern on whether a Trump administration is fit to lead our country.”

If Trump is elected President and his immigration policy was implemented, those Filipinos  at the back of the line waiting to immigrate to the U.S. might as well forget it.