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Local Latino community concerned about Trump presidency

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- President-elect Donald Trump hasn't even been sworn in yet, but for some, there's already concern.

Right now, a lot of the fear and concern is coming from the Latino community. Even some Latinos who are American citizens are worried about their family, friends and neighbors who are not.

"It is very, very, very scary," said Yolanda Moore with St. Rita Catholic Church.

Moore is the bilingual community outreach coordinator at St. Rita Catholic Church and said there's growing concern in the Latino community the impending Trump presidency.

"Especially when he said they were terrorists and being viewed as such and also building the wall," she said.

Before the election, Trump talked frequently about building a wall between the U.S. and Mexico and illegal immigration.

During one interview Mr. Trump said:

"Illegal immigrants coming in are causing tremendous problems in terms of crime, in terms of murder in terms of rape." He promised to deport millions of undocumented immigrants in that same interview.

"If somebody is an illegal immigrant, they shouldn't be here at all, there shouldn't be any crime ... They shouldn't be in our country," he said.

Moore said those campaign promises are even causing lots of concern with U.S.-born Latino children, who are now skipping school.

"Because they're fearful that once they're in school that immigration is going to come into their homes and remove the parent or the parent."

"My first reaction is ... I wonder why they're worried," said Jim Stansbury, chairman of the Jefferson County Republican Party.

Stansbury said there's no reason for people who are here legally to worry.

"If they're here in the country illegally, that's a problem, and we have got to do something about it," he said.

Stansbury said anyone who is here illegally should start the path to citizenship.

"If it were me, I would be looking for a way to figure out how to make myself legal."

Moore said that is a long and rocky road.

"It is very costly to go into the process of immigration and, like I said ... a very lengthy time, so it is not just a matter of snapping your fingers and said, 'oh, yeah, I'm going to become a citizen,'" Moore said.

Moore also said undocumented workers contribute to our economy.

"They contribute monetarily, they contribute with our agriculture, they contribute with businesses," she said. "When they go to Wal-mart, they pay taxes, right? When they buy a car, they pay taxes."

In spite of the concern, Trump received nearly 30 percent of the Latino vote across the country. That is comparable to the last two Republican presidential nominees.

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