Community organizations gear up to help undocumented Filipinos amid new administration


By Christina Oriel

LEADING up to President Donald Trump’s inauguration, community organizations across Southern California have been preparing to safeguard undocumented Filipinos who may be subject to deportation. In the Filipino-American community, many have not forgotten comments the real estate billionaire made last summer that seemed to suggest a ban on immigration from areas with high rates of terrorism, including the Philippines.

“The biggest concern is that the rhetoric is starting to really go beyond just the Latino immigrant community and especially the Muslim community. It’s starting to encompass all immigrants,” Andrew Amorao, special projects coordinator at Alliance San Diego, shared with the Asian Journal. “In the Fil-Am community, what’s happening is that a lot of them are starting to come out and talk about immigration.”

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