Trump toughens immigration stance

by Don Tagala, ABS-CBN News


NEW YORK — Some Filipinos in the US are getting a little nervous, as the Trump administration starts toughing up on immigration laws.

The Department of Homeland Security laid out its plan to implement President Trump’s new executive orders on immigration, which are expected to increase the number of people detained and deported from the States.

Immigrant advocates believe the Trump administration is setting the stage for “mass deportations.”

“The President is empowering DHS to carry out the immigration laws, currently on the books,” said Press Secretary Sean Spicer in a conference.

The good news is, President Trump is keeping former President Obama’s DACA program from 2012 — meaning the Dreamers, or undocumented students, brought into the US as minors are safe for now.

Meanwhile, the rest of the 11 million or so undocumented immigrants currently in US borders can face possible deportation.

However, DHS officials say immigration agencies will prioritize those who pose a threat to the US.

Under Obama, undocumented immigrants with no criminal records were deemed safe from deportation through prosecutorial discretion.

“As an immigrant community we should no longer be surprised,” said Yves Nibungco, from Migrante New Jersey. “What we need to do now is to prepare.”

Deportations may also be quick, carried out through expedited removals…

That means undocumented people who are in the US for less than 2 years can now be quickly removed or deported, without the usual months-long court proceedings.

Previously, expedited deportations only affect those who arrived in the US within the past two weeks, and are within a hundred miles away from the border.

Immigrant, Green Card holder, and Muslim Mohammad Dimaporo is a descendant of the Dimaporos of Lanao.

His family had to postpone a trip to the Philippines after the roll out of Trump’s first travel ban in January — fearing they might end up like other legal residents, who were singled out and barred from coming back into the US.

“Hindi pa klaro yung policies about the ban, so we’ll never know, mauwi ka, what if pagbalik mo green card ka pa naman di ka pa naman US citizen, tapos may mga usapan na naapektuhan. Pero si misis kinakabahan na,” said Dimaporo.

“We encourage our community to get educated and updated on the policies,” said Nibungco. “Second, to know their rights, regardless of their immigration status, they have rights here in this country, and to organize and fight back….”

But Trump supporters, like registered Republican Dr. Prospero Lim, says it’s about time Trump gets tougher on immigration.

“He is not against the Filipino residents,” says Lim. “That means if you are an immigrant and you are a green card holder, then you are not excluded, you can comeback anytime… like the American residents and those that are being deported, are those with criminal records. If you are an illegal, but you are not a criminal, you have nothing to be fearful of, because you’re not even in the radar.”

According to DHS, many of the guidelines may not be rolled out immediately, because a lot would depend on Congress’ approval, a public comment period, or negotiations with other nations.



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  • Mario
    23 February 2017 at 1:14 am - Reply

    Headline: Mass Deportation going on by Trump new Exec.order–another FAKE NEWS. Deportation records in 8 yrs term by past Presidents. Clinton deported 850K, Bush-2million, Obama-3 million. Trump- 680 arrested,100 deported in One month. Obama is the best- every day 1,000
    illegal are deported, yet Fake media never mention anything.There are 950K illegal alien with Final Order Of Removal issued by Obama regime, ICE has custody of 11,006 or 1% of 950K. It is NOT possible to have a Mass Deportation. ICE needs 10K agents and Border Patrol hiring 5K. From TV news,Illegal alien asked Taxi driver to drop them at the Canadian Police border check point, they just walk-in Canadian Police bring them to their office for, 2 hrs paper works and interview, they are in. Together with their family they will be transfer to the Assylum housing.During Presidential visit with Pres Trump,PM Theadue honor his promises,illegal alien from USA can enter Canada anytime..

  • h
    24 February 2017 at 8:12 am - Reply

    What president Trump is doing, is what should have been with Obama 8 years on watch as our president. President Trump was handed Obama mess with the immigration undocumented people. And why is the Filipinos worried if they are legal in America. If you Filipinos is illegal in America, you will be pick-up and “DEPORTED.” Yes deported back to the Philippines, you may come back to America the right way like the other Filipinos that live in America, because they came into America the right way.

  • Santiago Del Mundo
    27 February 2017 at 6:32 am - Reply

    Good job Mr.h and Mario for stating the facts…