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LGBT, Muslim and Hispanic communities react to Trump becoming President

Reaction to Donald Trump becoming our 45th president has varied here on the Central Coast – but a few specific groups in Santa Maria voiced their concerns with KCOY 12 Central Coast News earlier today.

With the election of Donald Trump last night, it’s sparked the attention of several groups right here in Santa Maria. Earlier KCOY 12 spoke with members of the LGBT, Hispanic and Muslim communities to get their reaction.

Fernando Acuna came out as gay four years ago.

“Well I was in tears last night,” Fernando Acuna said, a member of the LGBT community.

As part of the LGBTQ community, Acuna says he’s concerned about Donald Trump as the next president.

“I was devastated, you know, I’m both an immigrant and I’m also gay,” Acuna said.

Acuna says several of his gay friends are worried about losing their right to marry.

“I don’t really understand how us living our own independent lives is really going to affect other people,” Acuna said.

“I was born here in Santa Maria,” Santa Maria resident Dianna Rodriguez said.

Dianna Rodriguez says it’s right here in Santa Maria, that her family calls home.

“They own some of the strawberry fields here in Santa Maria,” Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez is concerned that some of her immigrant family members could be deported.

“If our family gets deported, we’re not quite sure how we’re going to find them,” Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez says this is a very real concern that her family talks about.

“It’s really hard to know that your family can just disappear in one day, there’s been a lot crackdowns in the last two months with immigration just showing up in the streets in Santa Maria,” Rodriguez said.

Not only the whole world was shocked, but he himself was shocked as well,” Muslim Imam Mohammad Mohabbat said.

Mohammad Mohabbat is a Muslim Imam in Santa Maria. He wasn’t rooting for Trump, but accepts the results.

“The law is the law and we have to respect the law and we have to come together and respect and support whoever wins,” Mohabbat said.

One thing all three groups said is that they’re optimistic and hopeful that Donald Trump can do some good things over the next four years.

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