A lawmaker in the Philippines filed a resolution Monday that seeks to permanently ban U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump from entering the country following his campaign speech last week where a he named the Southeast Asian country as one of the “terrorist nations.”
During a rally in Portland, Maine, Trump announced that immigrants came to the U.S. legally and then plotted to murder Americans. He said that countries like the Philippines, Somalia, Syria, Morocco, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and Yemen were sending such people to the U.S. and called them “terrorist nations.”
“We’re letting people come in from terrorist nations that shouldn't be allowed because you can’t vet them,” the real estate mogul said, “There’s no way of vetting them. You have no idea who they are. This could be the great Trojan horse of all time.”
Following Trump’s comments from Thursday, Congressman Joey Sarte Salceda filed a resolution in Manila’s House of Representatives.
The resolution reads, “There is no feasible basis or reasonable justification to the wholesale labeling of Filipinos as coming from a ‘terrorist state’ or they will be a Trojan horse. This comes from a long line of pronouncements where he has demonstrated an unrepentantly negative, dysfunctionally nativist, aggressively adversarial attitude towards immigrants in the U.S. where he aspires to be the leader.”
If Trump does win the election, he would be in the position to influence policies that would affect nearly 4 million people of Filipino descent living in the U.S. who, the bill adds, form the second largest population of Asian Americans in the country, according to the U.S. State Department.