Schatz Fires Back at Trump’s Inference to Philippines in Proposed Immigration Ban

August 6, 2016, 12:15 PM HST · Updated August 8, 10:10 AM
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US Senator Brian Schatz delivering today's floor speech, 6/11/13. Courtesy photo, Office of US Sen. Brian Schatz.

US Senator Brian Schatz. File image: 6/11/13. Courtesy photo, Office of US Sen. Brian Schatz.

US Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) issued a statement in response to Donald Trump’s suggestion that the United States ban immigrants from a number of countries “including the Philippines,” according to Schatz’s office.

“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,” said Senator Schatz.

“For generations, Filipinos have made the United States their home,” Schatz said.  “It is their vibrant culture, hard work, and strong values that have enriched our communities and made this country great, not the ignorant, racist bigotry of Donald Trump.”

During a Trump Rally in Portland, Maine on Aug. 4, 2016, Trump made reference to the Philippines when he said, “An immigrant from Afghanistan who later applied for and received US citizenship (and) an illegal permanent resident from the Philippines were convicted for plotting to join Al-Quaida and the Taliban in order to kill as many Americans as possible.”

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It was one of several examples he gave of immigrants coming into the country, border problems and extremists entering the US as refugees.

During the rally, Trump said, “We have a lot of problems in our country.  We have border problems.  People are pouring into our country.  We have no idea who they are.  We’re going to build a wall folks, don’t worry about it.”

When speaking about Somali refugees, Trump said, “We admit hundreds of thousands into Maine and into other places around the United States.  Hundreds of thousands of refugees.”  Trump said they’re coming from “among the most dangerous territories and countries anywhere in the world,” and said the practice has to stop.

Trump also referenced a news report that identified “unintended consequences” associated with refugee programs, saying the programs are “creating a rich pool of potential recruiting targets for Islamist terror groups.”

In his speech, Trump also gave other examples of immigrants who have entered including an individual from Yemen who later applied for and received US citizenship.  Trump said the immigrant was arrested for trying to join ISIS and charged with “attempting to illegally buy firearms and to try and shoot American military personnel.”

He said, “This could be the great Trojan horse of all time. They’re coming in.  They’re coming in.  And you have many more like that.”

In a press release issued by the Trump campaign on the same day, the issue was much more focused on migrants from the Middle East and refugees from Syria.

Wendy Osher
Wendy Osher leads the Maui Now news team. She is also the news voice of parent company, Pacific Media Group, having served nearly 20 years as News Director for the company’s six Maui radio stations.

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