7-year-old Fil-Am wants undocumented parents legalized

NEW YORK CITY – “Hi, my name is Caden. I’m seven years old and I’m a second grader.”

That’s how Filipino American Caden Andre Fajardo introduces himself.

He was born in New York in 2007. He is an American citizen and a straight-A student whose favorite subject is history.

Not only can he name all the US presidents, even at a young age, Caden understands what Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents or DAPA is about – because both his parents are undocumented.

His mom Emelinda came to the US in 2005 and overstayed her tourist visa. A year later his father Melandro, who was a seafarer, jumped ship to join Emelinda.

Caden has two siblings still living in the Philippines.

Melandro Fajardo said, “Meron kang takot. Hindi mo alam kung kailan ka madedeport or whatever kasi out of status ka na.”

With a US-born child, no criminal records and both have been living continuously in the US before the January 1, 2010 cutoff date, the Fajardos are eligible to apply for DAPA.

Emelinda Fajardo said, “Kahit seven-years-old siya ‘pag natuloy yung DAPA makakatulong na siya sa parents niya. Although hindi naman niya obligasyon.”
But DAPA is on hold. Last month a Texas federal judge issued a stay on DAPA and the expanded DACA, after 26 states sued to overturn Obama’s executive actions on immigration

Immigration attorney Michael Gurfinkel told the family, “I just hope to be able to help all of you once this court order is lifted and DAPA applications can be accepted.”

Gurfinkel said the USCIS is not accepting any applications until the stay is lifted.

If somebody is telling you they can file for you now, they’re not being honest with you. I think in the meantime, you can gather documents and have them already prepared and organized,” said Gurfinkel.

Caden said every time he sings the “Star Spangled Banner” in school he has only one thing in mind.

I want my mommy and daddy to have legal papers and be a very good immigrant,” he said.

Undocumented parents with a US born child usually have to wait until the child turns 21 so they can be petitioned.

But with DAPA, President Obama’s executive action on immigration would allow them to stay and work in the US temporarily without fear of deportation.

Even at a young age, Caden understands that his parents future depends on him, just as his depends on them.

You may contact Don Tagala at don_tagala@abs-cbn.com for more information.

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  • Generoso Magaoay
    5 March 2015 at 9:01 pm - Reply

    The story of the Fajardos is intended to draw support from the Filipino community throughout the United States. It is common in our community to sympathize this drama driven story of the Fajardos that they overstayed and jump-ship in New York and form a family there. The Fajardos would like to tell you that their records are clean as they continue to live underground prolonging their undocumented status. It is noticeable that Balitang America is on the liberty of covering cases of illegal immigrants. Yes, these people are Filipinos too or our Kababayans. Yeah, the right to tell, whatever! That’s arguable? What about cases of legal immigrants that with all the courage and respect for laws in this country would endure tough immigration laws and survive it…Illegals like the Fajardos just like any other illegal immigrants seek desperate ways to legalize their status. So the best the Fajardos could do is to take advantage of their son Caden Fajardo sing the Star Spangled Banner live on Balitang America for Filipinos to see. Additionally, using the child to ask the government and the people to favor their cause in wrong.

  • noz
    5 March 2015 at 10:39 pm - Reply

    14 more years to go, this kid can petition his parents. the process is not as simple people thought of. exiting the USA for interview does not guarantee issuance of visa. overstaying with expired visa is a breach of privilege in good faith. jumping ship is an illegal act, giving wrong message to the world of would be outlaws illegal aliens – jumping ship is the way to go / its fine, all you have to do is to hurry up, get your partner preggy.

    • cat_idiot
      6 March 2015 at 4:07 am - Reply

      this couple is so screwed, they got bad advise from fellow TNT’s, mabilis lang naman panahon kid, eventually your going to go on your own, malilimutan mo na din hyan parents mo, imagine they left your siblings back home, dont feel bad

    • Delia
      6 March 2015 at 8:42 am - Reply

      LOL Noz, at Preggy, Just more straight and direct here’s my take . The problem is that they have no concept of shame because they are devoid of honor and Integrity.

      What a role model for their kids …huh?

      • cat_idiot
        6 March 2015 at 10:53 am - Reply

        Shame? Honor? Integrity? no way…….most of them even have their spouse’s back home, in short nadisgrasya

      • Arbi
        6 March 2015 at 9:29 pm - Reply

        I know that you just want attention and I’m giving it to you, but once the dust settles, you’re still a ”DUDE” in a dress … BOOM!

  • kikay Pang0
    6 March 2015 at 3:37 am - Reply

    Caden …. Your parents are liars and cheaters .. they to be deported .

    • Generoso Magaoay
      6 March 2015 at 6:25 pm - Reply

      According to Doctor Gener Acob (NY), Filipinos should not be angry with the illegal immigration arguments anymore and that we should broaden our understanding (horizon) as this topic is becoming a widely accepted…

      According to Engineer Fred Astorga (Silicon Valley), jumping off the ship was the best decision he ever made. He remembered that his life was going through the eye of the needle that he sought refuge from the farm workers, although he could not handle even just to uproot the weed.

  • Delia
    6 March 2015 at 8:11 am - Reply

    Attention all illegals, you think getting a pass through all your crony lies using every level of demonic actions will give you piece of mine ? Well, your wrong in every move and intent.

    Karma is a pre-existing condition for which even you don’t have any exemption. It’s just a matter of when , but it will happen to all of you and that is guaranteed.

    • cat_idiot
      6 March 2015 at 10:48 am - Reply

      well, they have been haunted already….. quit exploiting your kid, and being a ships crew the worst thing you can do to yourself is to jump ship.

    • Arbi
      6 March 2015 at 9:27 pm - Reply

      I know that you just want attention and I’m giving it yo you, but once the dust settles, you’re still a ”DUDE” in a dress … BOOM!

      • Delia
        7 March 2015 at 5:27 am - Reply

        OMG , you are one hell of a stupid and ignorant and illiterate moron.

        • Arbi
          7 March 2015 at 10:58 am - Reply

          @Delia, how’s life in the Philippines and any luck on getting your “tourist visa”? I can not wait to finally meet you and show you around.

    • Arbi
      6 March 2015 at 9:28 pm - Reply

      I know that you just want attention and I’m giving it to you, but once the dust settles,you’re still a “DUDE” in a dress … BOOM!

      • Generoso Magaoay
        6 March 2015 at 10:07 pm - Reply

        Obama likes to say BOOM too! Some kind of copy cat..?

  • Filam
    6 March 2015 at 9:28 am - Reply

    Breaking the law does not make it right to cut in line ahead of those waiting to migrate legally

  • Generoso Magaoay
    6 March 2015 at 5:41 pm - Reply

    Well said and done ya’ll… it’s just so amazing how people like the Fajardos could come up with a desperate scheme by using their son “in the front line for drama” just to gain some support from the community. If you are a responsible wife who overstayed or husband to jump ship, why don’t you just face the consequences since you’ve been here for several year hiding underground…One violation of the law coupled with another one…pretty sure someone whispered that to you to overstay or jump ship…so you have a son who was born in the states and he is the product of that illegal act… Were all family person here and it is sad to see that such a young boy is being taken advantage only to ask the public some sympathy on behalf of his parents (hiding under the desk) quest for a green card…

  • Delia
    7 March 2015 at 5:19 am - Reply

    ARBI YOUR a flaming jive-a$$ punk ILLEGAL, with no class, very little ability.
    You are a disgusting little pile of excrement, sick neurotics and soooooooo desperate that you post REPEAT garbage.

    Sad that you were born without a brain. But do you really find it necessary to show off that deficiency in public forums? You must enjoy being stupid .

    • Arbi
      7 March 2015 at 10:31 am - Reply

      I can lick you from head to toe, just admit that you’re a gay like myself, come on

    • Arbi
      7 March 2015 at 10:54 am - Reply

      @Delia … In other words, you’re a “TURD” that won’t flush but the time is coming. Nothing has changed, you’re still a “DUDE” in a dress … BOOM!!!

      • Delia
        7 March 2015 at 12:00 pm - Reply

        Your grammar sucks, your metaphors are lavatorial, KEEP TROLLING AND SHOW YOUR IGNORANT , Your naivete is only surpassed by your willful ignorance.

        Is that the only english word you know ? Your garbage are without merit, worth, value, and moral. Your whole post is nothing but ad hominem ,innuendo and rhetoric.
        May i suggest for you to go back to school and learn a new words hockey puck?

        Your post is getting old and worn out , Try saying something of value and someone might listen. Oh, wait a minute you have nothing of value to add do you moron?

        • Arbi
          7 March 2015 at 1:37 pm - Reply

          You’re a waste of oxygen and time to shave the 5 o’clock shadow … Next!

          • Delia
            7 March 2015 at 5:43 pm -

            Post ignored due to lack of factual or intellectual content.

        • Arbi
          7 March 2015 at 2:29 pm - Reply

          @Delia, how’s life in the Philippines and any luck on getting your “tourist visa”? I can not wait to finally meet you and show you around … I’m sure anyone in the Philippines who knows your hateful self will feel just the same when you finally shuffle off the coil …

          • Delia
            7 March 2015 at 5:18 pm -

            Hey Pedo Boy, There is medical help for paranoid schizophrenia.

          • Arbi
            14 March 2015 at 11:18 am -

            @Delia … You’re just a trick pony who has no serious relevance and still a “DUDE” in dress.

      • Generoso Magaoay
        9 March 2015 at 5:17 pm - Reply

        This one is good! From your uncle Willie Revillame, he left his show because of your cousin Kris Aquino. Here it goes:

        Boom Tarat! Tarat! (2x)
        Tararat, Tararat, BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!

  • noz
    7 March 2015 at 9:52 am - Reply

    DAPA is rewarding illegal aliens with anchor babies. the 14th amendment was passed to solely confer US citizenships among blacks slaves children or descendants born in american soil, it was never meant for all comers. only congress can strike this down, and have ACLU, and other liberturd organizations take their against suits to the SCOTUS, and let the court provide its interpretations. this will happen only when the majority citizens of america will revolt against its government. the divided citizens are against the threat of illegal aliens. the 1/3 populous have been sacked / silenced by obobo on many of his executive orders that is not good for the country, by obobo’s free for all expanded freebies on demand, whoever wants the freebies, with lax questions / requirements gets them, all funded by the hardworking taxpayers / obobo’s excessive trillions borrowing from china. obobo’s strategy to capture / mute the 1/3 populous, so he can carry out all of his fanatical executive orders are the same as waging terrorism on america. the islamists / jihadists looking like juveniles on their intent to conquer america with their sharia laws, compared to obobo’s ideologues to self destruct america as we all knew it.

  • Arbi
    8 March 2015 at 5:38 pm - Reply

    @ Delia ….dont ever call me Pedo Boy as i am an “OPENLY GAY” i dont hide anything on myself unlike you, there is nothing being a gay as i am accepted by the society……haters like you should go back in the Philippines!

  • JRB
    10 March 2015 at 7:40 pm - Reply

    Wow this subject is hot look at the amount of people made comments? This is what I know in America we have rules and he has to follow them? Sad but true. He has to wait until he is 21 years old than he can try to bring has parents to America? That the only fair way to bring his parents to America.

  • noz
    11 March 2015 at 11:38 pm - Reply

    GOP senator vitter is introducing attach amendment ending birthright to children of illegal aliens. the 14th amendment will attach – illegal aliens giving birth in american soil, their offsprings are not citizens of the USA. the passage of this law will stop illegal aliens taking advantage of government subsidies for their children born in the USA. to stop the trafficking of birth tourisms aided by shady people in business threatening america’s rule of laws. these children of illegal aliens born in the USA upon reaching the legal age can petitions their broods, all started from unlawful actions. this kind of illegal behavior simply is telling the would be preggy illegal aliens of the world – come on over to america, to deliver your babies, the rewards / pay off in the long term, as alternatives, if push come to shove is financial security. what a shame, these illegal alien invaders are way out of control, disrespecting / smearing america’s core values as a lawful nation. attach to the 14th amendment will stop the invasions of preggy illegal aliens, once and for all. constituents are asked to call their representatives / senators to push hard on passing this attach amendment ending birthright to children of illegal aliens.

  • Matotski
    13 March 2015 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    Hey kiddo your parents are in us illegally. Tell them to go home so you can see you siblings

  • What
    25 March 2015 at 8:16 am - Reply

    Stop using your kids just to please the government to legalized your status!