BA interview exclusive: Democrat candidate Pete Buttigieg on significance of Filipino community and votes

Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg recently campaigned in Nevada, talking to Asian American and Pacific Islander voters, and pledging that he would champion for their rights, particularly when it comes to immigration.

The 37-year-old South Bend, Indiana Mayor supports a comprehensive immigration reform, including a pathway to citizenship — not just for so-called Dreamers — but for the millions of undocumented immigrants living in America.

When it comes other issues, Mayor Buttigieg believes in universal healthcare, supports free college tuition for lower-income families, promotes higher pay for teachers, and raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.

In an exclusive interview with BA, Mayor Buttigieg acknowledged the important contributions of Filipinos in the U.S.

“We are really honored to get such a warm reception and encouragement from the Filipino community. We are running to make sure we have an inclusive and welcoming and fast-growing country, and the Filipino experience is such an important part of the American experience going back a long time.”

“We need policies that support people because that is part of our intent, because that’s part of our country growing… I know how hardworking and family-oriented and how patriotic the Filipino community is, and I’m looking forward to finding ways, as many ways as possible, to support my fellow Americans who have Filipino background.”

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  • Tiago Del Mundo
    20 May 2019 at 2:38 am - Reply

    The Democrats are once again too many chiefs but only a few Indians rule… Too many Democratic candidates and each one of them are crying about so many irrelevant issues and the democratic votes will be distributed accordingly, says Rey Castro (Nevada resident). K