Some immigrants worried about their future in Maine

Maine voters respond to anti-immigration president-elect.

LEWISTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --

Some Maine immigrants are worried about their future in America now that Donald Trump is President-elect.

They said Trump's comments about a ban on Muslims and deportation concern them as immigrants as refugees from war-torn countries.

"I have the worry that Trump may do what he says he's going to do," said Muhidin Libah, the executive director of Somali Bantu in Lewiston, an organization that helps refugees adapt to life in America.

His office was not packed around noon Wednesday, a time he said is normally busy.

"People are either scared or they've not slept well last night," said Libah.

During Donald Trump's visit to Portland in August, he said of Maine's immigrant population: "They're coming from among the most dangerous territories and countries anywhere in the world -- a practice which has to stop."

Libah said he was planning on bringing his mother from Africa to Maine to meet her grandchildren.

"That kind of killed my hope of seeing my mom or my hope of my mom coming to see her grandchildren," said Libah.

Even though the outcome is not what he wanted, Muhidin said a peaceful morning is better after the all the violence he witnessed in Kenya.

"[Trump] did not say he is going to accept the result, and that in itself is a violence. It's better for one person to win and everything's calm, than one person wins that you wanted and everything erupts," said Libah.

He hopes that even if Trump will not change his position on immigration, his cabinet could help change the President-elect's mind.

"Let us kind of cross our fingers and wait what the outcome will be from his cabinet and his advisors," said Libah. "He's not the President of one group. He's the President of everybody."

Copyright 2016 WCSH


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