Duterte ‘Will Not Lift a Finger’ To Help Deported Undocumented Filipinos From US

President Rodrigo Duterte has no plans of helping out undocumented Filipinos who might end up getting deported under the new policies of American President Donald J. Trump.

Speaking in a news conference early Monday, Duterte said said he “will not lift a finger” on the matter out of respect for Trump.

“Trump said I will not interfere in the affairs,” Duterte said, adding that he would reciprocate since the American president had professed support for his drug campaign.

The President said he understands the American president’s immigration policy.

“Out of respect for his statement, I can only answer in the manner he has told me. Hindi ako makialam.

“If you are not allowed to stay there, get out. If you get caught there and deported, I will not lift a finger,” he added.

One of Trump’s first orders as president involved executive orders related to immigration. Order a ban on entry of people coming from predominantly Muslim countries — Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. order also directs the secretary of Homeland Security to conduct a 30-day review to determine which countries do not provide “adequate information” for its citizens to be issued visas to enter the US. He also ordered the construction of a wall on the US-Mexico border, boosting border patrol forces and increasing the number of immigration enforcement officers who carry out deportations.

Trump also stopped the admission of all refugees to the United States for four months.

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