Filipinos encourage participation at the polls, react to Trump’s plans for birthright citizenship
LOS ANGELES — President Donald Trump continued talking about his plans to use executive powers to end birthright citizenship for children born in the US to non-US citizen and undocumented immigrants.
Filipinos at this Halloween-themed “Get Out the Vote” party questioned if it is a trick, considering that birthright citizenship is protected under the US constitution.
“Ako poy Hindi na niniwala na ito mag papatuloy sa pag magiging xahirap eto sa mga familya na magkakaroon ng problema…amo anak..ito po karapatan ng mga bata,” said Ellie Cabungcal.
“How can one person just remove it was there for a reason, I can’t believe,” said Morla Baldonado. “I don’t think so, because this is the land of opportunity and its good to start with a child that will carry on the values revered in a democratic society.
This Filipina does see the benefits of ending birthright citizenship, in an effort to curb possible taxpayer burdens.
“We need to consider different sides of the coin. On the other hand, Trump only wants to protect the interest of the American people; he doesn’t want people to run through the borders, deliver welfare and ask for all this privilege — while it is difficult for taxpayers to pay taxes.”
The non-partisan Filipino American Voter Empowerment Project hopes that ongoing issues and tense political climate can “spook” voters into making their voices heard at Tuesday’s midterm elections — no matter which way they vote.
With many key issues such as immigration and seats at all levels at stake, the FVEP spent Halloween hosting a “zombie apocalypse” or Vote Party.
“If we do not educate our community we will be left behind, and we will not have a seat at the table when big decisions are being made on almost a daily basis — from city council, to county, to state legislature to federal,” said Alex DeOcampo.
“The theme is Vote or Zombie Apocalypse, because it is actually that important, right, to vote — because there’s nothing scarier than our community not voting,” said Aqui Versoza Soriano. “This year we’ve been out in the community we’ve been phone banking, we have people in the room doing the hard work, house to house, and that’s what it takes to connect our community.”
Until the final votes are cast on Tuesday, they’ll be canvassing and phone banking while explaining to voters, mostly in Los Angeles County, the different issues at stake in the elections.