So far two senators have fired back in response to Donald Trump’s call to ban immigration from countries with high rates of terrorism – naming the Philippines as one of his leading countries.
Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) said in a statement: “Donald Trump’s latest rant suggesting we ban immigration from countries like the Philippines that are helping us fight terrorism is another example of his reckless rhetoric that’s based on fear and division and further proves he is unfit to lead our country.”
Senator Nerissa Bretania Underwood of Guam, a Filipina, also condemned Trump for this proposal, describing his words as “reckless.”
Underwood is now demonstrating a protest against Trump’s words on her Facebook page – Using “In a World with Trump as President” – “BANNED” with a black and white photograph of a Filipino mother and her child.
Both senators asserted that the Philippines is a key ally helping the United States fight terrorism and that Filipino immigrants have contributed heavily to defending and assisting the United States in times of war, and in times of peace.
Senator Underwood call on the Republican delegates from Guam and Governor Eddie Calvo to renounce Trump and “Unendorse his candidacy.”
In a statement Underwood said, “Filipinos on our island and across the country serve in uniform, in our hospitals, in our schools and across every private and public sector – Filipinos are also beloved members of our families and communities.”
“As a proud daughter from Iloilo in the Philippines…I am a grateful adopted daughter of Guam and horrified by Mr. Trump’s statement and the leaders who have chosen to support him. I have worked my entire life to give back to our island that we all call home. Hate, fear and division are not qualities we need in the U.S. President and should give Americans across the country concern on whether a Trump administration is fit to lead our country,” Underwood added.
Trump Classifies Philippines Alongside Syria, Iraq, Somalia and more
Trump’s announcement to include the Philippines in a list of terrorist countries which include Syria, Yemen, Iraq and Somalia, wasn’t the first time he mentioned the Southeast Asian country. The day before he also bandstanded on the idea that the Philippines is part of a “terrorist nation.”
Trump returned fire when mentioning the Philippines with, “You have no idea who they are. This could be the great Trojan horse of all time.”
Following the San Bernardino attacks last December, he came under fire for proposing to temporarily prohibit all Muslims from entering the country.
“Hillary Clinton wants to have them come in by the hundreds of thousands — just remember,” Trump said in a press conference in Portland, Maine on Thursday, August 4. “This has nothing to do with politics, folks. This is a whole different level. This has to do with pure, raw stupidity. Okay?”
Sources say that the attacks and killings by the Abu Sayyaf group has landed the Philippines on the terrorist watch list in many countries around the globe. An underlying issue that the Philippines and many parts of Southeast Asia are prime targets for ISIS to set up camps in – while creating a hot-spot to radicalize soldiers and citizens has also brought the country into the spotlight.