Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump
and Oakland Assemblymember Rob Bonta.
Assemblymember Rob Bonta, the first Filipino American ever elected to the California Legislature, is taking Donald Trump to task for derogatory comments he made last week toward Filipinos.
Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, included the Philippines in a list of nine additional nations on Thursday that he would ban from immigration and tourism because of suspected ties to terror groups. Trump has already called for a ban on Muslims entering the U.S.
“We’re dealing with animals,” Trump said of the terrorist groups located in each of the countries.
Bonta, who emigrated from the Philippines as a child, said Trump’s comments “demonstrates yet again that he is unfit to serve as President.” The sentiment is also not what led his mother to bring him to the U.S. decades ago, he added.
"Trump’s call to restrict immigration and tourism from the Philippines doesn’t represent the America my mother believed in when she made the journey to this country decades ago. It doesn’t represent the America that my 1.5 million Filipino American brothers and sisters in California know,” said Bonta.
“And it’s definitely not the America I want my children to grown up in. Trump's sweeping, irresponsible and vitriolic pronouncements on race have no place in our America.”
Since Bonta was elected to the Assembly in 2012, he has authored a number of bills aimed at raising the profile of Filipino American leaders who helped shaped the state’s labor movement and history. He was recently named the chair of California Asian Pacific Islander Caucus.