Activists call on GOP lawmakers to take on immigration reform

By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

July 10, 2013

Burbank, Calif– On the day before the House of Representatives hold its meeting in Washington, D.C. to discuss their upcoming agenda, immigrant rights advocates like Filipino-Mexican Dreamer Eduardo Vargas marched outside the Republican party’s Southern California office, calling on the House to pass the comprehensive immigration reform bill.

“It’s important that everyone gets this immigration reform because its going to allow other students other workers to be part of this community and to be involved,” said the aspiring teacher.

Last month, the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed the immigration overhaul, which includes provisions on giving a pathway to citizenship to an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants, securing the borders, and eliminating certain family based petitions.

However critics believe similar legislation will have difficulty passing the House.

Advocates are hoping Republicans will give enough support to bring the issue to a vote.

“I’m very optimistic that the American public will pressure our politicians to enact for us an immigration bill that supports path to citizenship,” said Ramon Alcantara, who coordinates the immigration reform campaign for the Service Employees International Union.

Getting lawmakers to bring immigration reform to the table is part of the battle immigrant rights advocates will continue to fight for and against certain provisions.

While the bill contains provisions that would eliminate backlogs in the family based petition system, it will also eventually eliminate certain sibling and adult children categories.

“The bill is not perfect. We still got to struggle. We still got to challenge parts of the bill. I would say there’s an overspending of money for the amendment on border security,” added Alcantara.

Depending on how quickly the House of Representatives can address the legislation, advocates said there is possibility that the sweeping immigration overhaul can pass before the end of summer.

You may contact Steve Angeles at steve_angeles@abs-cbn.com

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  • jorge buesa
    11 July 2013 at 1:50 am - Reply

    Democrats setting up a potential clash with the republications who control the house, Democrats risk ending up with no bill at all if they insist on citizenship for all if they insist on citizenship for all those here illegally. Oh yes go republications get things right on path to u.s. citizenship.

  • delialusional
    11 July 2013 at 6:18 am - Reply

    Republications? what kind of a word is that or is it?

  • jorge buesa
    11 July 2013 at 8:33 am - Reply

    Thank you delialusional the word was to be REPUBLICANS. I’ll try to read my word better next time.

  • Wil
    11 July 2013 at 4:42 pm - Reply

    There isn’t any need for immigration reform. All the U.S. needs to do is enforce the laws currently on the books. No one who has entered into the U.S. illegal, either by over staying visa(s) or sneaking across the borders, should be allowed to remain in the U.S. I am not advocating the knocking down peoples’ house doors; but when caught they should get deported. No matter how well a person has done while in an illegal status.

    • Delia
      12 July 2013 at 5:24 am - Reply

      Will , techinically i agree , no immigrations needs reforming . Theres a law to be followed but most ignored them . In CHINA many Pilipinos has been jailed and or given death penalty , In middle east they are deported by the hundreds if not by a thousand. America needs to get tough on illegals like China , Russia and Middle east .

      • delialusional
        12 July 2013 at 6:16 am - Reply

        Yet, if America follows the footsteps of those country you said, we wouldn’t be living in a free country anymore. Those countries you mentioned, has strict laws on just about everything. What would you prefer? Communism, Arab laws or Democracy?

        • Wil
          12 July 2013 at 6:38 pm - Reply

          Free country … Yes … We are also are a country of laws. It is illegal to enter the country un-invited. When one breaks the law, you don’t reward that person(s). Regardless of how long you’ve been in the U.S., when caught, you should be deported. If you have personal property, you should be afforded the opportunity to sell it or ship it. If you have a house you could rent it out or sell it; but either way you should be deported.

      • delialusional
        12 July 2013 at 7:33 am - Reply

        Ngayon Pilipinos na? Baka mamaya Pipino na yan ha…

        • Delia
          12 July 2013 at 10:12 am - Reply

          Yup its that indeed , BA once has a segment asking if that Pilipino or Filipino should change its name , in this case i think it should be Pilipino since its citizen from the Philippines. I dont see any letter F in the Philippines name. America called its citizen Americans , China called chinese , Japan is called japanese , Thailand are Thailanders , and on and on . So whats the exceptions for Pilipinos ?

        • Delia
          12 July 2013 at 12:47 pm - Reply

          Last time i check this site name is (Balitang America) not Amerika , hmm spelling check ha ha ha . The chicken came home to roast .

          delialusional

          July 12, 2013 at 12:31 pm

          Having said that Noz, why don’t you use what you learned in a good way as opposed to belittling people that are not in your claimed rank? Why don’t you express your opinions to the proper sites and not here in Balitang Amerika where you know very few people aren’t aware of stupidity of other people like you? Why don’t pick another site where you would have a bigger crowd to state your opinions? Why and why not? Why not? it’s because you would be waived off the roster with your opinions that seem to be not directed to the topic….

          • delialusional
            12 July 2013 at 12:49 pm -

            Okay Delia – you earned one point ! Congratulation(S) !

          • Wil
            12 July 2013 at 6:43 pm -

            Delia, I agree. A person can state an opinion without being rude and belittling others. I love a good honest debate and I also learn from them. I learn nothing from people like you mentioned, who only want to belittle folks. That is what I called be small minded.

          • Delia
            13 July 2013 at 10:58 am -

            Will , from the beginning people who cannot accept other peoples differing views put them down with insults and name calling , perhaps because of immature brain
            cannot take being disagreed with. I respect and would support differing views so that is the real acceptance of liberty between us.

            They tried very hard to defame and degrade me , but its not working . Some also used the name i use and think they can confused the poster or readers in this site.

            Anyway Will , thanks for your input , i truly appreciate it 100%.

  • noz
    11 July 2013 at 7:14 pm - Reply

    democrats support of obama’s administrative order of DACA by passing legislative, judicial branch of government, not only encouraged but open flood gate of illegal aliens, adding economic/social burdens to the US, violating the constitution/going around congress. the constitutionally run government for check and balances with equal power of branches of government, the legislative, the executive, the judicial, to prevent the rise of a tyrannical government would abuse the rights of its citizens, one of them is a responsible, fiscally balanced run government. DACA, over spending/over borrowing are obama’s exerting power without being sanction should make the public alarm, but to no avail, people cannot blame nobody, but themselves.

    hispanics definitely were the targeted surveys to get the percentage plus for pro immigration reform, through telephone interviews is a bogus approach propaganda focus to gift illegal aliens for all their illegal actions. hispanics voting for democrats expect to distribute to them medicaid, food stamps, refundable earned income tax credit, public housing, supplemental social security income, temporary assistance for needy families, public education costing $12,300 per pupil per year, free services largely for low income parents, etc. the hispanic growth of welfare recipients dramatically will increase with legalization of illegal aliens. the hispanics, both militant to moderate groups are in full force to intimidate these conservative politicians. public records have documentations, the hispanics are here to rule the US, boisterous voicing its pay back time to predominantly occupy states like texas, california, once was mexico grabbed by the USA, etc, as if the modern civil war is coming soon near your hood, its the survival of the fittest.

    once, these unskilled illegal aliens for legalization increase the population, based services increase as well adding police, fire, highways, parks, similar services determined study of national academy of sciences, the fiscal costs of immigration, someone has to bear the cost. the million dollar question is who will pay?, since, the government is broke, deep in debt of 17 trillion, paying billions a day alone in interest to their creditors, number one is china getting richer and richer everyday with america paying them billions everyday or every other day.

    the immigration reform bill itself are with loopholes as big as sinkholes to lead to nothing but amnesty with different name, full of porks for pay to senators to get their yes votes. the scary loophole is the inclusion of illegal alien criminals to become legals. the border security has been voted ever since, but was never enforced, so this border security outcry of the public are nothing but symbolic, will never ever be a reality.

    • jr against the teaparty
      11 July 2013 at 11:41 pm - Reply

      noz, u r back from hell! don’t you get tired of posting stupid nonsense comments that no one bothers to read… get it! get it! get it! get lost! get lost! get lost!

      • noz
        12 July 2013 at 6:16 am - Reply

        FINALLY, YOU ACCEPTED YOU ARE NOT CATHOLIC, BUT A STAUNCH FOLLOWER OF LUCIFER. YOU SHOULD HAVE CHANGE YOUR NAME TO “JR LUCIFER PRO HELL”. YOU WANT TO BRING THE USA TO HELL WHERE YOU CAME FROM, SO YOUR ASSH….LE ALONE NEED TO BE CEASED BACK TO YOUR IDOL LUCIFER. YOU ARE WELL VERSE ABOUT HELL, A PLACE OF YOUR ORIGIN. YOUR GAME PLAY TO SAY I CAME FROM HELL IS A PLOY FOR READERS TO BELIEVE YOU ARE HUMAN, BUT YOU ARE NOT, BUT THE LIKE OF SATAN. YOU ARE A TRUE CRIMINAL STEALING MY WORDS GET IT, GET LOST, EXPECTED OF YOUR DEMONIC DEEDS. SO GO AHEAD POST ALL YOUR SATANIC VERSES WITH YOUR GANG OF DEMONIC POSTERS.

      • delialusional
        12 July 2013 at 7:34 am - Reply

        JR – These idiots are nothing but cowards, they will keep on posting whatever they want to say, even if it makes them look very dumb and stupid.

      • noz
        12 July 2013 at 10:09 am - Reply

        LET IT BE IN RECORD THIS jr against the tea party WAS THE FIRST TO CAST HIS HELLISH TROLLEY AS A RESPOND TO MY BENIGN POST.

    • delialusional
      12 July 2013 at 6:21 am - Reply

      I can’t seem to understand this response. Grammar and sentences are all over. Anyway, can you please re-write your sentences into a sense that you everyone may understand?

      • noz
        12 July 2013 at 7:11 am - Reply

        av, i told you check your comprehension skill with your english teacher.

        • delialusional
          12 July 2013 at 7:18 am - Reply

          Is that the best that you could do Noz? My comprehension is A OK, unlike yours, where your grammar and comprehension is like of those who are in ESL 001.

          • delialusional
            12 July 2013 at 7:22 am -

            * What the hell is this* !!!!

            democrats support of obama’s administrative order of DACA by passing legislative, judicial branch of government, not only encouraged but open flood gate of illegal aliens, adding economic/social burdens to the US, violating the constitution/going around congress. the constitutionally run government for check and balances with equal power of branches of government, the legislative, the executive, the judicial, to prevent the rise of a tyrannical government would abuse the rights of its citizens, one of them is a responsible, fiscally balanced run government. DACA, over spending/over borrowing are obama’s exerting power without being sanction should make the public alarm, but to no avail, people cannot blame nobody, but themselves.
            hispanics definitely were the targeted surveys to get the percentage plus for pro immigration reform, through telephone interviews is a bogus approach propaganda focus to gift illegal aliens for all their illegal actions. hispanics voting for democrats expect to distribute to them medicaid, food stamps, refundable earned income tax credit, public housing, supplemental social security income, temporary assistance for needy families, public education costing $12,300 per pupil per year, free services largely for low income parents, etc. the hispanic growth of welfare recipients dramatically will increase with legalization of illegal aliens. the hispanics, both militant to moderate groups are in full force to intimidate these conservative politicians. public records have documentations, the hispanics are here to rule the US, boisterous voicing its pay back time to predominantly occupy states like texas, california, once was mexico grabbed by the USA, etc, as if the modern civil war is coming soon near your hood, its the survival of the fittest.
            once, these unskilled illegal aliens for legalization increase the population, based services increase as well adding police, fire, highways, parks, similar services determined study of national academy of sciences, the fiscal costs of immigration, someone has to bear the cost. the million dollar question is who will pay?, since, the government is broke, deep in debt of 17 trillion, paying billions a day alone in interest to their creditors, number one is china getting richer and richer everyday with america paying them billions everyday or every other day.
            the immigration reform bill itself are with loopholes as big as sinkholes to lead to nothing but amnesty with different name, full of porks for pay to senators to get their yes votes. the scary loophole is the inclusion of illegal alien criminals to become legals. the border security has been voted ever since, but was never enforced, so this border security outcry of the public are nothing but symbolic, will never ever be a reality.

            ** Please redo and have a thesaurus and dictionary handy !!!!!

    • delialusional
      12 July 2013 at 7:23 am - Reply

      Oh I forgot. Please also have a recent newspaper and some research papers about Immigration. So, that you may know what you are talking about.

      • noz
        12 July 2013 at 9:56 am - Reply

        delialusional, buloknaisda, aka av, your name says it all. you can’t write, speak, comprehend english. research about immigration papers?, what the heck are your ignorant spouts about, you think its a school projects? well, well, well, inappropriate usage of words. BTW, all your sentences, phrases are not even too elementary, elementary students can write better than you. are you envious?, pasting what i wrote?, then i challenge you, if you can write the way, i write?. i took journalism courses to be effective in my writing of policies/procedures in my field of endeavor earning an advance graduate studies. so why don’t you do the same, before i make you look like an ant, who can only bite for extinction.

      • noz
        12 July 2013 at 10:19 am - Reply

        lets see who is coward. show off your bravery with my challenge of what writing should be and must be, since you think/believe you can write, speak, comprehend english as OK. i say, i don’t think so with your history of writing in this forum, way too substandard level. OK as you claimed is mediocre, and not acceptable.

        • delialusional
          12 July 2013 at 11:47 am - Reply

          Aha, now you are writing as you copied from from the internet or used a software to improve your writing. I have no problem understanding the language of English, but I have a problem understanding English with no sense. What writing should be? I won’t lecture you on that, as smart as you claim you are, you should know better how to express your opinion in a decent and yet productive way. By you writing and saying your opinions, it shows that you have no proper education on journalism, yet any other collegiate level writing skills.

          • delialusional
            12 July 2013 at 12:31 pm -

            Having said that Noz, why don’t you use what you learned in a good way as opposed to belittling people that are not in your claimed rank? Why don’t you express your opinions to the proper sites and not here in Balitang Amerika where you know very few people aren’t aware of stupidity of other people like you? Why don’t pick another site where you would have a bigger crowd to state your opinions? Why and why not? Why not? it’s because you would be waived off the roster with your opinions that seem to be not directed to the topic….

          • delialusional
            12 July 2013 at 12:43 pm -

            By the way, this is not the proper forum, website, for people like you to submit your Thesis, this a news website and not a school forum or repository for you to submit your research papers, opinion papers. If your posts persists, please remain on the topic and do not include any other issues that has no links to the issue being argued. There’s a proper way of comparing essays and issues, you just cannot do it all at once, kasi ang gulo.

          • noz
            12 July 2013 at 3:49 pm -

            you can’t even write a good argument with sense, if you have one, why these illegal alien legalizations are going to benefit self sufficiency and not produce dependency, that is now way, way, out of control like you, whose ignorance is like asiana airline crashing down, burning into pieces, making you too stupendous to weigh in on specifics. get over your personal attack, for the record you started the pits of fire of personal attacks, that’s what morons do, hide in their moronic self, full of hot air bubbles. you know what?, the bubbles are pumping in more idiocies in your talk back. out of topic? the topic is illegal aliens, did i say something else other than about illegal aliens?. you, reading my post multiple times, even a hundred times, will not make any difference, if you don’t get it, you’ll never get it, this prove your comprehension is the poorest, i am taking back the mediocre, you don’t deserve it, i should have said poor. you are telling me to stay out of BA, like you own BA. see what a moron you are, not knowing the first amendment of the constitution. go ahead, write about your pro illegal aliens, see if you can write your defense on your pro illegal alien. shame on you, zero manners to tell anybody what to write about the issue of illegal aliens, as well as, you are too incompetent in the first place to tell others of their writing, since you, yourself have proven time and time again with the poorest writing skill. so far, that’s what you all have done lecturing others, a dummy lecturing? don’t make people puke. go ahead, the proof is in the pudding, show off your claim of speaking, comprehending, and writing skill, give your analysis of illegal aliens. the audience of BA are all waiting to read, if your writing will project the truest sense on this hot topic of america’s illegal aliens.

  • jr(catholic against teaparty)
    13 July 2013 at 5:24 pm - Reply

    ‘I was a stranger and you welcomed me’
    Posting Date: 06-25-2013

    By Tony Magliano

    Thirty-five-years-ago when Annunciation House – a sanctuary and home of hospitality that has served over 100,000 refugees, homeless poor and undocumented workers – was started in El Paso, Texas, founding director Ruben Garcia and a few friends, wanted to place themselves among the poor, to see where the poor would lead them. He said, “They took us to the undocumented – the most vulnerable.”
    Garcia explained that since the undocumented have no legal status in the United States, they are forced to take undesirable, poorly paid jobs, which offer no benefits. Unlike poor U.S. citizens, undocumented workers and their families cannot receive food stamps, Medicaid, or housing assistance. They are at the lowest rung of American life.
    So why do they come? They come because most often they and their families are extremely poor, and they cannot find jobs in their native countries that pay a living wage. The U.S. has many more low-skilled jobs than there are Americans who are willing to take them. Why don’t they enter legally? Because there are too few low-skilled visas available.
    Kevin Appleby, director of migration policy for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, said only 5,000 permanent resident visas and approximately 106,000 temporary worker visas are issued per year for foreign low-skilled workers. Yet, he said that before the current recession, 500,000 workers every year came to the U.S. and found jobs.
    Therefore, millions of foreign workers must secretly and dangerously – moving through deserts and facing drug gangs –cross the border to fill vacant American jobs in order to support their very poor families. Appleby said, “The current system is a mess.” There is hope that this mess can soon be cleaned up – at least somewhat.
    The “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013” (S.744) would allow approximately 11 million undocumented migrants to come out of the shadows of second-class existence by providing provisional legal status and protection from deportation and worker exploitation. It would open a path toward permanent residency and citizenship – after waiting 10 and 13 long years respectively.
    The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops supports this bill, said Appleby. But they need our help to get it passed into law. Email and call (Capitol switchboard: 202-224-3121) your two U.S. senators and House representative urging them to co-sponsor and vote for the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013.”
    Blessed Pope John XXIII, in his encyclical “Pacem in Terris” (“Peace on Earth”) wrote, “Every human being has the right to freedom of movement and of residence within the confines of his own country; and, when there are just reasons for it, the right to emigrate to other countries and take up residence there.”
    Garcia asked that I raise the following questions: “Should undocumented immigrants have to live in an underground world? Is it right to use closed borders to exploit cheap labor? Why is it acceptable to have undocumented workers perform jobs few Americans are willing to do – pick our fruits and vegetables, wash dishes, and work in meat slaughterhouses?”
    Lord Jesus, heal our nation’s indifference, and inspire us to welcome these strangers as valuable members of your one human family, so that on the Day of Judgment we may gladly hear you say, “I was a stranger and you welcomed me.”
    • Tony Magliano is an internationally syndicated social justice and peace columnist.

  • jorge buesa
    14 July 2013 at 11:20 am - Reply

    Wow jr where did you get all your information? Right on your a lawyer ok your the best. we need more people like you. Thank You for all the information.

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