Hispanics, Muslims in Chicago react to President-elect Trump

FOX 32 NEWS - On Wednesday, many people of color were wondering what their lives will be like under a Trump presidency.

The impact of Donald Trump's election sent shock waves through Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood, where many diners at El Milagro echoed the fear of Mexican immigrant Nocolasa Mendes.

"I'm worried and I'm scared. Every Mexican at work says oh my God, one day we're working here. Tomorrow I don't know,” Mendes said.

"There are eleven million people in this country just like me. We're not going anywhere. This is our home,” said Isabel Diaz of South Suburban Immigration Project.

A score of community and political leaders stood together Wednesday, linking arms, at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, representing a broad spectrum of Chicago’s immigrant communities.
"We're shocked, upset and we're in crisis mode. And we know that this is open season on all of us,” said Inhe Choi of Korean American Community and Cultural Center.

"I think we have to prepare for the worst. We have to prepare for Donald Trump to carry out his word and his pledge. It was his campaign,” said Rep. Luis Gutierrez.

Congressman Gutierrez worries that Trump's election may blow apart ongoing negotiations over immigration reform and a path to citizenship for undocumented workers.

"I call upon Paul Ryan and all the other Republicans who for years have said they believe in immigration reform to sit down at the table and accomplish immigration reform and put that before the desk of Donald Trump,” Gutierrez said.

Leaders of Chicago’s Muslim community say they don't believe Trump will be able to deliver his pledge to ban Muslim immigration because of the constitution. But they worry he could use his executive power in other ways that would be hurtful to Muslims.

"Such as bring Islamophobes and hatemongers into law enforcement, FBI, other agencies of law enforcement in this country with the hate training, the fearmongering training,” said Ahmed Rehad of Council on American-Islamic Relations.

The minority and immigration leaders say the one silver lining of a Trump presidency is that it will serve as a catalyst for political organizing, and will force  immigrants to educate themselves about their rights.

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