Donald Trump's vow to deport undocumented 'criminals' leaves many Latinos in fear

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Joe Torres has more from Mount Kisco.

After 20 years living and working in the United States, undocumented immigrant Francisco Loredo worries that a Donald Trump presidency means deportation back to Mexico.

"We came here also to work," the 45-year-old landscaper told Eyewitness News, "We're not robbers. We are not violent. We are not like the president-elect said."

Loredo and many other Latinos gained little comfort from the President-elect's words Sunday night on '60 Minutes.'

"What are going to do is get the people that are criminal and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers, where a lot of these people, probably 2 million, it could be even 3 million, we are getting them out of our country, or we are going to incarcerate," said President-Elect Trump.

18-year-old White Plains resident Charlie Alcantar was born here in the United States, but his parents are undocumented immigrants from Mexico.

"Am I a criminal? Is my family criminal just because we are here working? If we do a wrong turn at a stop sign or something, are we considered criminals then? That's the main question for me," Alcantar said.

The organization 'Neighbors Link' works to integrate immigrants into Westchester communities. When word got out that Eyewitness News was coming to interview the Executive Director, the place emptied, a clear sign that many Latinos prefer to stay in the shadows.

"There's fear in this country because the national conversation is negative and hateful," said Carola Bracco, "these fears are playing out in our schools. These fears are playing out in how the community works with local police officers. These fears are playing out in how people function in their work."
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