by Bev Llorente, ABS-CBN News
LAS VEGAS, NV — For multiple consecutive days, demonstrations all over North America intensified — all in protest against President Trump’s new immigration policy.
Fil-Am immigration expert, Rex Velasquez, says that kababayans across America have the right to be apprehensive and concerned.
“Filipinos have a mix of Christians, and Muslims as well. The worry is the attention may be diverted to the Philippines, and all of the sudden declared another one of the Muslim countries,” Velasquez said of the situation. “Who knew he [Trump] would do something like this to begin with, by executive order.”
For now, Trump’s executive order affects citizens of 7 Muslim majority countries. But some see those 7 countries as just a starting point for what could be an expanded ban.
“What the president has done to tried to stop somebody who should be lawfully to be in the united states is something that will never stand in any court,” Velasquez said.
He also offered his advice to travelers.
“In the meantime for those who are traveling, make sure you have your documents. Make sure that you have any issues properly vetted by an attorney before you leave the United States, so that you don’t have any worries upon departure… so that you know you are going to be safe to return.”
Meanwhile, US Congressman Ruben Kihuen of Nevada says that Trump’s new executive order could impact the Vegas tourism economy.
“People will stop traveling,” said Kuhuen. “Casinos stop making money, and then people will start getting laid off, and next thing you know — we get another recession. That’s unacceptable.”
“We have to keep up the pressure, and we have to keep letting them know in Washington DC that Nevada will not tolerate these racist policies,” said Nevada Assemblyman Chris Books.
In a plea to his colleagues in congress, Kihuen asks both Democrats and Republicans to ask Trump to take back the executive action.