What Filipinos need to know about Trump’s Immigration Ban

Protests and rallies across the United States commenced since U.S. President Donald Trump’s immigration ban.

Rallies against Trump’s immigration ban stemmed after he recently signed an executive order preventing entry from selected Muslim-majority countries and refugee resettlement last January 27.

The list of banned countries does not include the Philippines though many Filipinos in the U.S. are at risk.

What is Trump’s Immigration Ban?

Trump’s immigration ban is an executive order suspending entry of select immigrants for 120 days.

Trump believes that temporarily stopping their U.S. refugee program rids the country of possible threats and “keep(s) radical Islamic terrorists out of the U.S.”

Who does this ban affect?

The so-called “Muslim ban” applies mostly to predominantly-Muslim countries— Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, Yemen and Iraq.

Moreover, the U.S. resettlement was already giving priority to Christian refugees from the Middle East over Muslim refugees.

Reports say that the U.S. still turn down some dual-citizens, some legal residents or those with green cards.

The ban exempts diplomats.

Should Filipinos be concerned?

Yes.

Special envoy to the U.S. Babe Romualdez in an interview with CNN Philippines annoucned that over 300,000 Filipinos illegally residing in the United States are at risk of deportation

“I received that information from our friends in Washington, D.C. that there’s a list from [the U.S. Department of] homeland security that there are about 310,000 Filipinos up for deportation,” Romualdez explained.

Romualdez warned 310,000 more undocumented and overstaying Filipinos to “really be prepared to go home.”

Trump’s immigration ban does not include the Philippines as part of the seven Muslim-majority nations as of now.

However, Romualdez cautioned that this policy to secure its borders does not end with the “Muslim ban”.

Trump will take further actions that might affect Filipinos in the U.S.

President Rodrigo Duterte recently announced that he would “not lift a finger” in aid of those to be affected by Trump’s new policy.

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