Asian-Americans voted overwhelmingly for Obama

by Henni Espinosa, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Posted at Nov 08 2012 01:22 PM | Updated as of Nov 09 2012 04:17 PM

DALY CITY, Calif. – Exit polls from the Voice of America showed Asian Americans overwhelmingly voted for Obama, 73%, while only 26% supported his Republican rival Mitt Romney.

Filipino voters here said it’s time Obama keeps his promises to the immigrant community, who gave him a second term.

Immigrants said Obama should make sure immigration reform passes, a promise he made in 2008 and again last night. During his victory speech, Obama said, “That’s the vision we share. That’s where we need to go — forward. That’s where we need to go.”

Jimmy Villaros and his family voted for Obama. He said he knows a lot of undocumented kababayans who want nothing more than to live and work in America. He said, “Obama should fulfill his promises to the immigrant community. People voted for him again because they want to see those promises come true.”

Besides immigration, Mila Magno, said Obama should focus on making sure immigrants fulfill their American Dreams, especially in owning and keeping their homes.

Joey Concha, a restaurant owner, said one way Obama can help immigrants is by helping small business owners like him thrive in America. He said, “He should help us succeed by allowing us to get more loans, more assistance. If we expand, we can also hire more people.”

These Pinoys said the only way Obama can keep his promises to immigrants is if he stands his ground, even in a Republican-dominated House.

Rodel Rodis, immigration lawyer and immigrants rights advocates said Obama may get unexpected support from Republican lawmakers, on the issue of immigration reform.

He said, “Immigrants are the future of the American electorate that even Republicans are starting to recognize that. “If the Republican party wants to be relevant, then they need to address the issues of the immigrant community. There are 12 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. I think the Republicans are now going to support immigration reform. It is possible for it to pass.”