Syrian-Mexican Family Talk Trump’s Election In Powerful Video

“He has made my family feel uncomfortable."

A spike in hate crimes across the country have many marginalized groups feeling unsafe about what life will be like in President-elect Donald Trump’s America. 

Fusion visited the home of one Syrian-Mexican family in Southern California and captured how the rise in xenophobia against Latinos and Muslims have impacted them directly in a powerful video

“He has made my family feel uncomfortable, or families like ours feel uncomfortable or unwelcome, and maybe feel like second class citizens in their own country,” Hussam Ayloush, a Syrian immigrant and the Executive Director of Los Angeles’ Council on American-Islamic Relations, tells Fusion in the video. 

Ayloush and his wife Arwa, who is a first-generation Mexican-American, are shown discussing racism with their children in the two-minute video. One child discusses how students in her school have expressed hatred against Mexicans. 

On Tuesday, the Southern Poverty Law Center released a report which found 867 bias-related incidents in the 10 days following Trump’s election. Ayloush’s family, like many others, are looking for ways to help their children understand how to deal with hate in America. 



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