A special envoy from the Philippines to the United States has advised Filipinos illegally staying in the United States to consider leaving the US soon as more than 300,000 undocumented Filipinos in the country may face deportation.
In a report by CNN Philippines, special envoy to the U.S. Babe Romualdez said Tuesday that he received information from contacts at Washington, D.C. that about 310,000 Filipinos in the country are up for deportation.
“These are mostly undocumented Filipinos that they are able to identify,” he added.
While the Philippines is not among the countries included in U.S. President Donald Trump’s executive order banning entry of its citizens, the president’s rhetoric on securing U.S. borders appears to impact Filipinos as authorities are inclined to target all illegal immigrants.
“I think they (Filipino illegal immigrants) should really be prepared to go home,” Romualdez said.
According to the Department of Foreign Affairs, around 310,000 out of 3.4 million Filipinos in the United States are considered undocumented.