By: Jun Nucum- @inquirerdotnet INQUIRER.net US Bureau / 05:37 AM November 30, 2016 SAN FRANCISCO — Now more than ever undocumented immigrants, including Filipinos, are feeling the heat after Donald Trump’s election as the 45th United States President. Trump during his campaign made very controversial statements against immigrants. He lashed out especially at undocumented immigrants and threatened to have them deported if he was elected. He also claimed that Filipinos come from a country that hosted terrorist groups.
San Francisco-based Fil-Am immigration lawyer Johnson Lazaro disclosed that his Filipino clients were both emotional and desperate after Trump won the election. “Our phone was ringing off the hook. It was pandemonium. We serve many immigrants in our community, and many were downright frightened. We even got emails and calls from out-of-state communities as far east as Florida and New York,” Lazaro recalled. “The questions were persistent: Should I leave the country now, before they come and get me? Should I go into hiding? What will happen to my children, or to my elderly parents? Will they come to arrest me? Is there anything we can do right now? Should we sell our house? Do we have any legal recourse? Can you defend us, and what will it cost?”