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Trump Probably Hates My Parents

I am a first generation child of three from very amazing Filipino parents, and a loving "Yaya." Trump's America devalues their journey and contribution to this so called "land of the free" and to that, I say: WHAT?

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What is going on with America!?

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This is Trump's America

We will follow two simple rules: BUY AMERICAN & HIRE AMERICAN! #InaugurationDay #MAGA🇺🇸

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Some people say tweets are idle. They pass through the day, and you don't really need to pay attention to them. Unfortunately, social media carries a lot more weight than one might expect, and now, with Trump being an active presence on Twitter, he shows that what you say -- matters.

So what what kind of impact can the President of the United States have when he says things like this?

The impact is this:

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A complete massacre of an immigrant's plight from their own hardship to seek a better place.

My parents come from the Philippines, my mom from a province called "Cagayan De Oro" and my dad from Calbayog, but raised in Manila. Both are university graduates, and my Dad is Ateneo and University of The Philippines alumni. (If you're pinoy, you'll know that this is a big deal.)

My mom majored in psychology and my Dad is an engineer. He's a plant manager at one of the largest trade companies in North America. They worked hard for a couple of "orange savages" didn't they?

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Damn straight.

My parents came for the "American Dream"

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But that dream is more like a nightmare.

The American dream is back. We’re going to create an environment for small business like we haven’t had in many, ma… https://t.co/Bh7SrNEgz1

Donald Trump / Via Twitter: @realDonaldTrump

The American dream does not blatantly ignore the fact that immigrants start more small business, and employ more immigrants to do jobs that most "Americans" wouldn't do.

This statement devalues the amount of intelligence that immigrants come with. My parents are both educated, english-speaking professionals. To tweet that there is no environment for small business "in decades" is a direct insult to the immigrants contribute to the workforce, and only continues to stereotype that we can only work "small jobs" like housekeeping and yard work. *YAWN.*

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A huge "Susmaryosep!" to that.

My parents wanted me to live a better life

The #MarchForLife is so important. To all of you marching --- you have my full support!

Donald Trump / Via Twitter: @realDonaldTrump

I'm sure this is true for many other countries where abortion is illegal, but my parents wanted me to grow up in a country where I would be safe as a woman.

The Philippines is a country that is extremely religious: a majority of the citizens are Catholic. That means a big "nope!" on abortion (and contraceptive) being legal, and accessible.

When my parents brought me here, they wanted me to grow up in a place where I would be safe. Trump tweeting his support for (probably) the dumbest march ever, is a big "suck it!" to that sentiment.

(Imagine this wasn't two amazing actresses but Donald Trump slapping himself.)

But okay, what's the point?

Trump continues to paint a picture of the lowly, uneducated, cheating, and "dirty" immigrant. As a very successful daughter of two of those immigrants, and the result of their blood, sweat, and tears -- I can say that this needs to stop.

This is not okay, and I'm merely using myself and my parents as an example. My life has been incredibly privileged because of their work, privileged enough where I can even write this article. There are many others that are not in the same position as me, and this is because of not only his rule: but the things he says and the impact it has on racist culture.

Until we start seeing change... then...

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Don't forget

That some of the most amazing, successful, and intelligent people are the product of immigrant parents. I love mine so much. We have since moved to Canada. If you are a first or second generation child, support your parents and grandparents, tell them you appreciate them, and then tell this guy...

Our country needs strong borders and extreme vetting, NOW. Look what is happening all over Europe and, indeed, the world - a horrible mess!

Donald Trump / Via Twitter: @realDonaldTrump

To shut his mouth.

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