NYC Fil-Ams react to Trump executive orders on immigration

by Don Tagala, ABS-CBN News


NEW YORK CITY —  On day 6 of Donald Trump’s presidency,  thousands of New Yorkers occupied Washington Square Park to resist the president’s executive orders on immigration.

From building a wall, travel ban from Muslim countries, to shutting down sanctuary cities, including NYC.

In an interview with ABC’s David Muir, the new president assured his supporters that he will build the US-Mexico border wall, and that Mexico will still pay for it.

But unlike his original promise, US taxpayers will now front $8 to 14 billion to build Trump’s cornerstone campaign promise.

“There will be a payment,” Trump said, “…it will be in a form, perhaps a complicated form, and what I’m doing is good for the US. It’s also gonna be good for Mexico.”

“It definitely sounds like an alternative fact right,” said Yoko Liriano, from New York Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines (NYCHRP), who was present at the occupation.

“It doesn’t feel true. It’s also a gross misuse of our tax money.”

Agreed protestor Louie Sawi, also from NYCHRP, “Americans did not, even those that supported Trump — they didn’t vote to spend their tax dollars on building this wall. We can’t let that obviously pass. We have to do everything we can to fight this administration. We have to contact our Congress folks, and let them know that we won’t stand for it.”

Even Mexico’s president, Enrique Pena Nieto, has said time and time again that his country does not need Trump’s wall, and will never pay for it.

Trump’s executive order also threatens to cut federal funding to sanctuary cities like NYC, that plans to shield law-abiding undocumented immigrants from deportation.

New York City Mayor, Bill De Blasio, says Trump’s executive order could undermine public safety by undermining the relationship between the police and the community.

“We will not deport law-abiding New Yorkers,” De Blasio said. “We will not tear families apart, we will not leave children without their parents, we will not take breadwinners away from families with no one else. We will not undermine the hard-won trust that’s developed between our police and communities.”

Sawi says that Filipinos are among those who will be impacted by Trump’s executive orders on immigration.

“It will have an impact on some of our undocumented Filipinos here that face that sort of deportation,” he said. “We won’t stand for that. We’re gonna fight trump to the very end to ensure that our communities are protected, and will be able to stay here in the US.”

Mayor De Blasio, together with other city and state officials, promised a legal fight against the Trump administration if it attempts to cut federal funds for keeping the Big Apple a sanctuary city.




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  • Mario
    26 January 2017 at 5:38 pm - Reply

    `A plain load carrying refugees, 90 Somalis, 2 Kenyan immediately DEPORTED upon arrival today…It is only Day 4 Mr. President…good job… You place DACA on hold..Trump said he is not ready to deport Illegal immigrant who did not commit crime, his priority are criminal alien..Trump employed so many Asian workers in their Hotels and he knows the Asian culture very well….Our Kababayan STOP turning-in to ICE our Kababayan who are illegal and voted during the election.This voter fraud and subject to immediate deportation. Stop it…. Jobs,jobs..Trump signed 5,000 Border Patrol and ICE agents for immediate recruitment and employment.

  • h
    28 January 2017 at 10:11 pm - Reply

    Good very good, now we have a president no one can push around, America will be great again, because we are the giant of the world. Watch-out if you are illegal from the Philippines because we will catch all of you and kick you out of America. Now were is that big mouth Jose Vargas talking big time that he couldn’t be throw out of America. I wish the FBI will throw him out of America, he thinks his smart.