SPECIAL REPORT: HOW SOME FILIPINOS IN AMERICA DEAL WITH ANTI-IMMIGRANT SENTIMENT

By Henni Espinosa, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

May 20, 2013

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – The Tsarnaev family could be any other immigrant family struggling in America: the head of the household was a mechanic; while his wife was a beautician. The children were enrolled in the school system and tried to fit in, except for one thing– two of them have become suspected terrorists.

In a note found in the boat where he was captured , Dzhokhar Tsarnaev reportedly wrote that the bombs were set off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, as payback for the U.S. invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan.

These images of despair have had an impact on many Americans, and how they view immigrants who have broken the law. With immigration overhaul debates underway, polls have shown increasing anti-immigrant sentiment since the bombings last month.

A New York Times poll released this month shows only 43% of respondents believe that undocumented immigrants should receive citizenship.

A Washington Post poll released the same day also show a majority of people want companies to identify and not give undocumented immigrants jobs.

A recent Quinnipac University survey also shows that 23% of respondents said the Boston bombings changed their opinion on giving undocumented immigrants a chance to live in America legally.

Joyce Diloy, a behavioral expert said anti-immigrant sentiment could still grow.

“That’s the way our tendencies is as humans. We tend to side with those who we think are right, because they are big in numbers,” Diloy said, “a lot of people don’t know enough information. When somebody does not have enough information, it just creates a lot of uncertainty and fire.”

Undocumented immigrant Harold Butanas said he’s been discriminated, not just for the color of his skin, but for his status and it only worsened after the Boston bombings.

He said employers often make him do more work, while paying him less.

“If your skin color is not white, people tend to look down on you. We are not criminals. We work hard. We pay taxes. But still, people look down on us,” he said.

Former Republican Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce, the president of the movement, Ban Amnesty Now, slammed President Barack Obama for trying to give undocumented immigrants reprieve.

A network of anti-immigrant groups, led by Numbers USA, has spent over a hundred million dollars in the last ten years, to shape public policies aimed at restricting immigration.

“We have 25 million people who want full-time jobs who can’t find one. We have seven million illegal aliens who are holding construction, manufacturing, transportation jobs,” said its president, Roy Beck.

Dulay said for U.S. citizens who are struggling to survive the tough economy, the anti-immigrant sentiment becomes personal.

Recently, in Union City, California, racist graffiti against Filipinos appeared in various Filipino establishments. Police suspect some members of the community got upset after the school board voted to rename a middle school after Filipino labor leaders.

“I hope it’s just an isolated case,” said Mar Munsayac, a Union City resident.

For Filipino community leaders here, the way to fight discrimination and prejudice is to reach out to other people, and let them know how valuable Filipinos can be in the community.

You may contact Henni Espinosa at henni_espinosa@abs-cbn.com for more information.

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  • noz
    21 May 2013 at 4:02 pm - Reply

    i am against the race card being used as an anti illegal aliens, lining the illegal aliens not systematically deported for decades, ballooned to 11 millions, but the true number is 20 million with the civil rights movement struggles of black americans are no way a comparison, like comparing apple to pineapple, sounds alike but way too different in over all looks. you all have to think, observe and look around, there are million hispanic illegal aliens that are white, as well as million white illegal aliens coming from european countries of ireland, england, italy, etc. the freedom fight of the black civil rights movements are also being used, compared by the gay communities to push hard their social/sexual agendas, the infamous legalizations of same sex marriage, which million blacks find the comparison too appalling. the ongoing struggles of black americans for a color blind america have been taken advantaged by these militant illegal aliens movement coercing, intimidating these far, far, lefty liberal politicians to radically change the INS law aka reform to favor illegal aliens or else if opposed easily uses the magic word of RACISM to bully politicians against their radicalism of the INS laws, determined as drawback and detriment to america and its people. opponents ongoing thorough probe of the gang of eight languages of the immigration reform are nothing but granting amnesty with loopholes all over in black and white, to the point the supporters of rubio have been blindsided with this so called INS law reform. americans believe the INS laws are not broken to be fixed. the broken one is the politician in the federal level, right now happened to be obama without shame compared to his predecessors, ordering ICE to look the other way, not enforcing the INS laws already in the book. obama’s so called record he had deported more illegal aliens are further from the truth. the records have been fudged by classifying those illegal aliens apprehended right in the borders, sent back immediately right away were/are categorized knowingly to be wrong as deported illegal aliens, nothing but falsifications of data to make obama look he is anti illegal aliens, upholding the rule of laws. the truth is obama misled, continue to mislead law abiding americans.

  • buloknaisda
    23 May 2013 at 1:25 pm - Reply

    napansin ko lang, bakit sa lahat na yata ng artikulo dito ay may kumento ka? at wala kang sinisiraan kundi si Obama, may binabayad ba sa iyo dito sa pag hindi mo sang ayon sa administrasyon?

    • noz
      23 May 2013 at 6:40 pm - Reply

      WRITE IN ENGLISH. OBAMA AND THE DEMOC “RATS” STANCE ARE THE BIGGEST IDIOTS RUNNING THIS COUNTRY TO RUIN……………………W H Y ? READ BELOW…………………….THE SLOBBERERS OF OBAMA AND THE DEMOC “RATS” ARE PRO SUPPORTERS OF THEIR IDIOCIES.

      1. PEOPLE GET ARRESTED FOR HUNTING AND FISHING WITHOUT A LICENSE, BUT NOT ARRESTED BEING IN THE COUNTRY ILLEGALLY. FOOTNOTE – PEOPLE MUST OBSERVE, LEARN WHAT IS GOING ON IN LONDON.

      2. MINORS IN SCHOOLS HAVE TO GET THEIR PARENTS PERMISSIONS TO GO ON A FIELD TRIP OR DRINK ASPIRIN, BUT NO PERMISSIONS REQUIRED FOR PREGNANT MINORS TO GET ABORTIONS.

      3. YOU HAVE TO SHOW YOUR ID TO BOARD A PLANE, CASH CHECKS, BUY LIQUOR, BUY CIGARETTES, CHECK OUT LIBRARY BOOKS, BUT NO ID REQUIRED TO VOTE FOR THESE IDIOTS.

      4. AN 80 YEAR OLD WOMAN CAN BE STRIPPED SEARCHED BY THE TSA, BUT A MUSLIM WOMAN IN A HIJAB IS ONLY SUBJECT TO HAVING HER NECK AND HEAD SEARCHED.

      5. OBAMA’S ECONOMIC IDEOLOGUE IS THE BEST WAY TO PAY OFF THE 17 TRILLION DEBT IS TO SPEND MORE TRILLIONS.

      6. MORE OF OBAMA’S IDEOLOGUE – SUCCESSFUL HARD WORKERS MUST PAY THE HIGHEST TAXES AND SUCCESS MUST BE SUBJECT FOR MORE GOVERNMENT INTRUSIONS TO EXPLORE ASSETS OF THE HARD WORKERS FOR REDISTRIBUTIONS.

      7. MORE, MORE OF OBAMA’S IDEOLOGUE – THE MILLION LAZIES DO NOT WANT TO WORK, REFUSED TO WORK ARE CAPTURED VOTERS OF THE DEMOC “RATS” BY REWARDING THESE LAZIES WITH EBT, WIC CHECKS, MEDICAID, SECTION 08, FREE CELLPHONES, ETC.

      8. OBAMA AND THE DEMOC “RATS” WANT LAW ABIDING AMERICANS TO BE STRIPPED OFF OF THEIR ABILITY TO DEFEND THEMSELVES, TO KEEP THEM MORE S A F E, BY ASSAULTING THE SECOND AMENDMENT OF THE CONSTITUTION, THE STUPENDOUS LEFTY IDEOLOGUE OF ALL TIME.

      9. AND MANY, MANY, MANY, MANY, MANY, MANY, MANY, MANY, MANY, MANY, MANY, MANY, MANY, MANY, MANY, MANY, MANY, MANY, MANY, MANY….M O R E….

      OBAMA HAS NO WISDOM, THAT’S WHY HIS ADMINISTRATION IS ON THESE BENGHAZI, IRS, AP SCANDALS. OBAMA AND HIS COHORTS ARE CLAIMING THEY DON’T KNOW, NOBODY KNOWS ABOUT THESE SCANDALS, CLEARLY BUNCH OF LIARS. THE IDIOTS AND LIARS ARE RUNNING THIS SOCIALIST GOVERNMENT. YOU ARE AN IGNORANT BLABBER, WEARING A THIN FOIL HAT, WITHOUT KNOWLEDGE OF THE FIRST AMENDMENT OF THE CONSTITUTION.

      • buloknaisda
        24 May 2013 at 6:06 am - Reply

        So kung ganon ano naman ang masasabi mo sa mga kapwa mo republicans? maganda ba ang kanilang hangarin lalo na ang walong tao na nasa likod nitong reform na ito? eh hindi ba’t may mga republican din dun? bago ka naman tumira sa ibang partido tignan mo rin ang sarili mong kulay. hindi ka sport eh. hayyys

        • noz
          24 May 2013 at 11:24 am - Reply

          THOSE WHO LIKE OBAMA ARE ON EBT, WIC, FOOD STAMPS, SECTION 08, MEDICAID, FREE CELLPHONES AND ALL TYPES OF FREEBIES SUCH AS FREE CHEESE, ETC. YES, PAID FOR BY THE HARD WORKER PEOPLE OF AMERICA. THESE PARASITES OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY ARE THE LOW LIFE IF NOT THE LOWEST LIFE, LIKE ZOMBIES, THE LIVING DEAD, WITH THE MOST IGNORANT BELIEF THE CASH AND FREEBIES THESE LOW LIFERS ARE GETTING ARE THE HARD WORKS OF OBAMA, LIKEWISE MANY OF THESE LEECHES ARE BELIEVING THE WELFARES ARE COMING FROM OBAMA’S POCKET. THESE SUCKERS, LOW LIFERS ARE THE VOTERS THAT CATAPULTED OBAMA BACK TO THE OVAL OFFICE. YES, OBAMA CREATED THE SO CALLED POVERTY. A POVERTY ANALYTICALLY IS A FAKE POVERTY, WHY? THE REAL POOR PEOPLE OF THE WORLD EXCEPT THE USA, HAVE NO ROOFS IN THEIR HEADS, DON’T HAVE ENOUGH FOOD TO EAT, IN MANY INSTANCES WITHOUT FOOD, DO NOT GET MEDICAL CARE, DYING OF DISEASES HIGHLY TREATABLE BY MEDICATIONS, DEATH SENTENCES ALREADY HAVE BEEN HANDED DOWN TO THE POORS. SO HOW CAN THESE POORS BUY MEDICATIONS TO SAVE THEIR LIVES, WHEN THEY CAN’T EVEN BUY FOODS, ETC, ETC, ETC. THE SO CALLED AMERICA’S POORS, MANY ARE MORBIDLY OBESE, THEIR BODIES LOOK VERY STRONG TO KNOCK DOWN BULLS, MANY HAVE CARS, USING THEIR EBT BUYING GAS TO EATING OUT IN RESTAURANTS, TO EVEN PAYING FOR ALCOHOLS IN BARS DOWN TO WATCHING STRIPPERS SHOWS. THE BIG SIGNS EBT ACCEPTED IN BUSINESSES ARE SEEN ALL OVER THE USA. THE SMALL DISCREET SIGNS EBT ARE ON UPSCALE NEIGHBORHOODS, COMPARED TO DECADES AGO, NO SUCH SIGNS EVER EXISTED. PEOPLE NEED JOBS, WITH JOBS A PERSON CAN MAKE UNLIMITED MONEY TO ENJOY THE FRUIT OF HIS/HER LABOR, TO THE REALIZATION OF THE ULTIMATE AMERICAN DREAM OF OWNING A HOME. THE FDR NEW DEAL WELFARE SYSTEM WAS NOT DESIGNED TO BE A WAY OF LIFE, BECOMING GENERATIONAL RECIPIENTS, PERPETRATED, ENCOURAGED AND SUPPORTED BY THE DEMOC “RATS” TO GET THEIR VOTES IN TIME FOR ELECTION SEASON. THE WELFARE RECIPIENTS MAKES MORE IN CASH AND BENEFITS THAN THE HARD WORKERS BEING TAXED TO DEATH BY OBAMA, TO FINANCIALLY SUPPORTS THESE BLOODSUCKERS, IN TURN BECOME THE DIE HARD OBAMA LOVERS AND PAY BACK WITH THEIR VOTES THE DEMOC “RAT” IC PARTY CANDIDATES. THE DEMOC “RAT” IC PARTY IDEOLOGUES OF FREE FOR ALL SOCIALIST, ANTI CAPITALIST GOVERNMENT IS BRINGING SLOWLY, BUT SURELY DOOM TO THE NATION.

          • buloknaisda
            30 May 2013 at 8:45 am -

            bakit english eh filipino website ito ungases ! ano ba yang sulat mo nakakaduling parang crossword puzzle and kinalabasan..

        • noz
          24 May 2013 at 5:47 pm - Reply

          what an obsession of color goes to show your idiocy. you cannot even enumerate what obama have accomplished for the good of the USA. obama is just good to give you all the freebies, financed by taxpayers, RIGHT?

          • buloknaisda
            11 June 2013 at 1:42 pm -

            eh gago ka pala noz, nagbabayad din ako ng buwis uy. katangahan mo talaga !

  • buloknaisda
    28 May 2013 at 6:35 am - Reply

    I actually did not liked Obama because I knew what this country would have become. But during the election of 2008, who would be the better candidate. The old McCain? Well, pano ko iboboto yun eh sirang sira ang kanilang partido, salamat sa kumpare mong Bush-it ! Ganun din nitong nakalipas na taon, sino si Mut Romney, eh mas gusgustuhin ko pang mag invest na lang sya sa america kaysa sa maging presidente kasi magaling syang negosyante. I would not say though, na ayaw ko si Obama kasi itim sya o kung ano mang paratang sa kanya. Si Obama ay parang si Noynoy, sunud sunuran sa marami.

  • buloknaisda
    11 June 2013 at 1:41 pm - Reply

    nasaan na kaya itong si zombiez noz. hindi kaya tinangay na ito ng buhawi o kaya eh napauwi na. o baka naman inatake sa puso sa kaka get it ! get it get it get it !!!

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