Thursday, April 18, 2019

Immigrants For Trump?

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They is a small list of people that haven’t been insulted by Donald Trump, but every once in a while he will point out someone from the crowd that belongs to one of the groups he has insulted and say that they love him, they really do. Trump is leading the polls in the New York Republican primary, which is April 19, by huge margins and some small groups of immigrants have come forward in support of him. These immigrants are supporting him for reasons that are intensely personal and, not surprisingly, are often aligned with their politics back home.

A recent informal poll conducted by a Russian-language radio station in New York City showed that more than 80 percent of 5,000 callers preferred Trump to Hillary Clinton. A group of Latino Republicans in Rockland County is planning to endorse him, and some older Indian-American professionals and young Hindus in the region already have. In the case pf Anand Ahuja, a lawyer, who is a one of the founders of the Indian-Americans for Trump 2016, a PAC that actually doesn’t raise money.

Ahuja came to the United States on a tourist visa and wanted to stay but returned to India and waited nine years before entering legally. He praises Trump for wanting to stop immigrants from entering the country illegally. “You should not reward people who have broken the law,” he said. “You follow the law, you get punished. That’s why I like Donald Trump when he says, ‘Let’s build a wall.’” He continued by saying, “I believe anybody who came in this country illegally should be deported.”

Ahuja isn’t alone. Rene who is a business owner who immigrated to the United States illegally from Ecuador 22 years ago, now a U.S. citizen, also supports Trump. He did not provide his last name in fear of retribution against him and his children. He says he supports Trump because he believes the Democrats have not helped immigrants like him. He said he was fed up with the corruption and the lack of resources in the East Ramapo Central School District. “Our community is tired of dealing with the same things going on over and over again,” Rene said. “The only way to make our voice count is to start looking for our way to get in.” No one else in the Latino community was willing to talk because of fear of retaliation.

New York Times