“Not My President’s Day” protests nationwide

NEW YORK — Instead of President’s Day on Monday, thousands of protesters celebrated “Not My President’s Day” near a barricaded Trump International Hotel and Tower in New York City.

At least 8 blocks of protesters lined up the streets, joining 28 other cities across the US, to express their strong anti-Trump policy message.

“I do believe his campaign colluded with the Russians,” says protestor Brendan Gaffney. “And if that is the case, he should be impeached and he should be locked up.”

“He’s crazy, to be frank; he’s crazy,” says Fil-Am protestor Christian David. “Sobrang unstable, at baka anytime now, hawak na niiya nag nuclear code, baka bigla na lang siya mag declare ng nuclear war on any country.”

David, a green card holder, also says the pending roll out of President Trump’s revised executive order on immigration that includes extreme vetting and travel bans makes his family nervous about traveling.

“When the first travel ban was rolled out, and some green card holders were held at the airports… we’re not sure by the time we come home and get back here, if the Filipinos are also affected,” David said.

A group of “Make America Great Again” hat-wearing demonstrators showed their support for the president, including a naked cowboy.

A Tagalog-speaking Australian at the protest was in the US to support the new President.

“Maraming mga accomplishments niya, and sinusuportahan ko siya kasi, talagang may law and order di ba, ganun din kay Duterte kailangan mey malakas na stance,” said supporter “Ben.”

“Pero ano mas crazy si Duterte, mas mahirap ang tao sa Philippines kaysa dito kaya kailangan mas matigas.”

The President is expected to roll out the new and revised executive order on immigration this week — which, according to reports, could possibly include a bigger number of individuals who could be deported using “expedited removal” procedures.

That means undocumented individuals who have been in the US less than two years may no longer be afforded removal proceedings in court, and are now eligible for expedited or quick removal.

“It’s so terrible,” says protestor Rebecca Sayseng. “We really should stand up because imagine yourself in those shoes…I’m Catholic, but imagine if I was Muslim, I wouldn’t even feel safe in my own country.”

Demonstrators here say they will be back on the streets and in the airports, once this new order rolls out.

 

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  • Santiago Del Mundo
    22 February 2017 at 9:16 am - Reply

    Not my president!??? You’re probably right in your misguided world. The problem with a lot of FilAms is they are so hooked into illegal immigration that they can no longer distinguish between right or wrong…The easiest thing to do right now is to go home to the Philippines instead of whining, bitching, crying,moaning out in the streets…

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