Local minority groups react to Trump winning

Published: Nov. 9, 2016 at 6:34 PM EST
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(11/09/16) - With the excitement of Donald Trump’s presidency also comes disappointment for about half of the country.

Minority groups are taking the Trump win especially hard, saying they felt attacked during his campaign.

Trump has repeatedly talked about policies and ideas that are anti-immigrant.

Now that he will be president, many in Mid-Michigan are wondering what exactly is going to happen.

"A lot of tears, a lot of fear,” said Muna Jondy, a Flint-area attorney.

Fear is the feeling Jondy is seeing in her community on this day after the election.

As a Muslim and spokesperson for the Flint Islamic Center, she's been fielding phone calls from scared family and friends.

She also had to calm her tearful 16-year-old daughter, who wears a hijab.

"She’s like, 'Can I skip school tomorrow?' And I told her, 'No. We've faced challenges before, we'll continue to face challenges, and we'll just have to overcome,'” Jondy said.

Trump has spoken many times about a ban on Muslims, along with other anti-Muslim comments.

"I’ll be honest with you, it’s really hard to stomach this many people hate us or don't care about what happens to us,” Jondy said.

There are also fears in our local Hispanic community, especially those who are undocumented.

Trump's cries to build a wall with Mexico and threats of mass deportations have made many people uneasy.

Victoria Arteaga is an attorney who works with many immigrants at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church.

"They’re invested in these communities, their children are citizens, these families are here and they’re entrenched. And it's a frightening thing to think you could lose that,” Arteaga said.

Arteaga and Jondy are both telling their communities to stay strong and see what happens.

"I think we just have to understand that this continues to be a nation of immigrants and we just have to hope for the best,” Arteaga said.

"Our country has gone through challenges before and we've gone through adversity and we continue, we always have. And I think we'll be fine. We just have to get focused and figure out how we're going to move forward,” Jondy said.