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Hope, concerns arise for minority groups after Trump's election

People in our area are reflecting on Donald Trump's election (WHAM photo)

Rochester, N.Y. - For some, there is concern about the future following the election of Donald Trump.

The president-elect made some divisive statements about minority groups during his run for the White House, causing some concern for some about the country's future.

But immigrant Hani Ali has a different perspective. She was born and raised in Uganda after her family escaped political warfare. She said her family's past is a reminder for her not to be nervous about her future.

"All refugees and immigrants have gone through a lot of trauma, war and fear," she said.

Ali said she is worried about others who are trying to settle here, saying it often takes more than 15 years to be allowed into the country. She said she doesn't want refugees to give up hope.

"They're in the worst pain than us right now, who are here right now, in this moment, because they are running country to country from war, trying to come to this beautiful country," she said, "and then now we have someone saying, 'Oh, I'm going to deport all the immigrants and I'm ban them from coming to the United States.'"

But, she said Election Day gave her new perspective on Mr. Trump.

"I was honestly scared of him," she said, "but then I realized, when he won last night, I was not scared of him."

Trump's comments surrounding a proposed border wall between the U.S. and Mexico, as well as a possible ban on Muslim immigrants sparked controversy during the campaign. Islamic Center of Rochester president Sareer Fazili said they were difficult to hear.

"Making a target of these communities, unfortunately, with the Muslim community being in there, was difficult for us to accept, " he said.

However, Fazili added Trump's acceptance speech gives him hope.

"I say it is time for us to come together as one united people," Trump said.

"And we look forward to seeing him put those words into action," said Fazili.

Ali is telling other refugees and immigrants not to be fearful, and to remain hopeful. She and Fazili said they respect the electoral process, and they will see what President-Elect Trump does over the next four years.

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