City officials push for an immigration reform compromise

By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN News North America Bureau

August 6, 2013

LOS ANGELES – Elected leaders in America’s second largest city have joined the immigration reform battle. City officials joined immigrant rights activists including Filipino ‘dreamers’ outside the footsteps of Los Angeles City Hall to call on Republican
leaders in the House of Representatives to take up the comprehensive immigration reform bill.

After the senate passed the immigration overhaul last June, the Republican controlled house has yet to move on the legislation which can create a pathway to citizenship for an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants.

Instead they have announced they would rather take on immigration reform step by step through a series of smaller bills.

With members of the House now coming home for summer recess, activists plan a series of lobbying efforts over the next several weeks.

Democratic House Judiciary Committee member Representative Judy Chu (D-Califorina) joined the rally asking her Republicans colleagues to take up the immigration reform vote.

“Listen to your constituents, farmers in the field families in the district. Allow at least a vote for those to come out of the
shadows,” Chu said.

Activists are giving House Republicans an October 5th deadline to hold a vote on immigration reform.

City officials say with 40 percent of population foreign born and many undocumented among Los Angeles, this city would have the most to lose and the most to gain through comprehensive immigration reform.
9 Mexicans win first step in US asylum claim

In Washington DC, the Homeland Security Department took the highly unusual step of tentatively approved asylum requests for nine Mexican immigrants, including some who were living in the United States illegally.

The preliminary approval is unusual because it is rare for the U.S. government to grant asylum to Mexican citizens.

The immigrants were trying to call attention to hundreds of thousands who have been deported during President Barack Obama’s administration. They had cited a credible fear of persecution should they return to Mexico.

An immigration judge will have the final say whether they can remain permanently in the United States.

The immigrants were pushing for legislation being considered in Congress to offer eventual citizenship to some immigrants brought illegally to the U.S. as children.

House Republicans recently took a tentative step toward offering citizenship to some immigrants who fit into this category, but Democrats said it wasn’t enough.

The dismissive reaction to the Republican proposal underscored the difficulties of finding an immigration reform compromise in the Republican-led House.

-with reports from Alicia A. Caldwell, Associated Press

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  • what???
    7 August 2013 at 9:31 am - Reply

    The reason why BA is consistently writing articles about Immigration reform is to give hope to those kababayan of ours who has paid their dues in this country although they are illegally staying here. Those that have been here for more than a decade and still in the dark of illegal immigration should be at the very least given a chance for legality IF they meet certain requirements once this reform becomes law. Though the outlook of this reform is bleak, it still gives hopes to those of your fellow countrymen and women that are here illegally.

  • Wil
    7 August 2013 at 3:00 pm - Reply

    What??? I respectively disagree with you. The only chance that illegals should have and that is to volunteer to go back to the country they are from or when caught they will be deported. I don’t say that out of hatred, I say it out of fairness. What about all those who have waited patiently in their home countries to immigrate? We need to be fair to those who have been waiting patiently.

  • what???
    8 August 2013 at 6:17 am - Reply

    @wil – I try to be not so harsh to our fellow people… I have lived in this country for 20 long years and I hate to say that there are people that has lived in this country for 50 years and still carries the crab mentality. For an intellect person, one must think that this immigration reform is not only for those staying here illegally, it’s also for those that are waiting for their visas to become current. The government isn’t just dumb enough to prioritize the illegals, there are those waiting in line and they know that. Why do you think this reform is in peril of becoming enacted at the first place? IF and again IF, this becomes a reality, I am sure those who are waiting for their turns would not be left behind. The supporters of this reform is not only looking into those illegals, they are also looking into those who are waiting to come legally.

    • Wil
      8 August 2013 at 3:09 pm - Reply

      @What??? … That isn’t the case. Part of the reform is going to a skilled not necessarily a family base immigration reform system. I’ve read into the new reform proposals. I am against anyone that is in the United States illegally. As I have stated before I am not for breaking peoples’ door down; but I am for the deportation of anyone that is caught in the United States illegally. That means if you commit a crime no matter how small and you’re found to be in the United States illegally, then you get deported. If you apply for a job and it is found that you’re in the United States illegally, then you get deported. I believe in ” E Verify”. If you grant amnesty/deferred deportation to 11 million (more like 40+ million, because average family size is 4),; then all you have done is give another 11 million cause to enter illegally. When will it stop? The United States can’t take care of the entire world’s problems/people.

      • what???
        9 August 2013 at 6:38 am - Reply

        @wil – If you are asking when the government would stop harboring illegal immigrants, I think you ought to think how they got here in the first place. If we are talking about Mexicans and other Hispanic countries, you and I knows the answer to that, if we are to talk about the rest of them that came through the airport borders you and I also knows the answer to that. My point is this, Illegal immigration would not end until these two major causes are resolved or modified and maybe even shut down… 1) Secure the border or shut it down completely, 2.) STOP issuing visitor visas to countries such as Philippines and other countries that does not have land borders with the states. Let me ask you this, Do you intellectually think that these two resolutions are even feasible? If not, then there’s your answers to when Illegal Immigration would stop.