By Nadia Trinidad, ABS-CBN North America Bureau Chief and U.S. News Agency / Asian
The ailing economy, health care and immigration – three pressing issues relevant to the Filipino-American community in the US will affect their choice for the next president of the world’s most powerful country.
Filipino-American Democrats and Republicans gathered at different points in Redwood City and Los Angeles, California, Arizona,
Chicago, Washington, D.C., New Jersey and swing states Nevada and Florida to explain why they believe Barack Obama or Mitt Romney best represented the interests of the Filpino-American community.
Businesswoman, civic leader and lawyer Loida Nicolas Lewis spoke for Filipino Democrats. Nimfa Games, president of the United Association of California Care Providers, represented Filipino Republicans.
A number of undecided voters also participated in the discussions.
They were fired up on the immigration issue, with Democrats saying Romney’s immigration policy was inhumane.
The Republican presidential candidate has said that he will make it difficult for undocumented immigrants to find a job in the US that they would voluntarily pack their bags and return to their home countries.
Republicans countered by saying their candidate upholds the principle that America is a land of immigrants but would make sure he would fix the broken immigration system that attracts illegals.
The dicussions were even more animated online as young people, though mostly young Democrats, turned to Twitter to make sure their voices were heard.
At the end of the townhall meeting, undecided voters in the audience cast their ballots to indicate whether they’ve made a decision on who to vote for.
The results will be announced by TFC’s Balitang America on the eve of election day on November 6.