Fil-Am politican advocates for kababayans

SAN FRANCISCO – Assembly member Rob Bonta is arguably the most notable Filipino-American political figure in California.

As the first and only Filipino-American elected to the California legislature, he is continuing to introduce bills to help the Filipino-American community.

“I represent my district to the best of my ability,” said Bonta. “I represent the state of California, as well but it’s always a special place in my heart – my Filipino-American roots.”

Bonta’s most notable bill was the requirement to include the contributions of Filipino Americans to the farm labor movement in California in the curriculum of public schools.

“When our young Filipinos and young Filipinas open up the text books they could read with pride about the courage and contributions of their elders,” said Bonta. “And they could ask themselves: “How could I be part of that legacy? How will I continue that legacy? What work will I do?”

And Bonta continues to honor that legacy by introducing his first bill of the new year to honor the Filipino-American farm labor movement leader Larry Itliong.

“I believe Larry Itliong has earned that same right to have a day in his honor for all the contributions he’s made to this state,” said Bonta.

Another one of Bonta’s newest bills this year is to help different ethnic subgroups through data disaggregation.

Bonta says the Asian Pacific Islander data covering social, economic, and educational disparities is flawed because it combines a wide number of ethnicities with different wants and needs.

“You get diluted results that don’t show desperate outcomes in some of those communities,” said Bonta. “So once you get the data that my bill would require you could then craft solutions that target those problems and move lives forward and improve lives.”

Assembly member Bonta is also committed to working towards true immigration reform by supporting the bill that allowed undocumented immigrants the right to obtain a driver’s license.

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  • noz
    5 March 2015 at 1:38 pm - Reply

    this guy intent was well into the right route, until he suddenly collided, messing up with the commie socialists battle plan of the immigration reform to confuse the citizens, make the citizens agree / accept with the far out lefties nasty campaign this guy had jumped into the bandwagon, which goes this way – THE MANIAC / FANATIC CITIZENS OF THE USA MUST ALTER THE IMMIGRATION LAWS TO DECLARE LEGITIMACY TO – illegal aliens who entered the borders on foot without documents, aka wetbacks, or legal aliens with legal documents who entered the USA by air with premeditated, wicked intent to breach their visa deadline documents, turned ILLEGAL ALIENS are trying hard to call themselves undocumented, propagandizing themselves significant in the public opinions. avoiding the name ILLEGAL ALIENS they considered as a stigma. the fact remain, they all are bunch of ILLEGAL ALIENS, no ifs / buts. if anything, the illegal aliens who crossed the USA borders without documents are literally the UNDOCUMENTED ILLEGAL ALIENS.

    the general public, including with self interest politicians, justices, etc were brainwashed victims of the so called liner of – broken immigration, aka immigration reform. the reality is the sound written immigration laws to protect america’s sovereignty were not systematically, strictly enforced by the feds, ballooning to 30million out of control illegal aliens, which should have been deported, instead its now like bubonic plague / ebola, difficult to isolate / confine / deport, but not really, if america was able to send man to the moon, then america can send all these illegal aliens back to where they all came from. the short term effect is expensive, but the long term effect is a huge saving for the hard working taxpayers. demoncraps headed by obobo will tell you its impossible to deport illegal aliens, simply because its like throwing their voters in the trash. obobo havesquandered trillions of dollars already, the question is did the citizens benefited on all of the squandering / spending of obobo?, the answer is a big NO. without a doubt if theundesirable illegal aliens are freaks spread of the sickest populations. the citizens quality of life have been a burden, getting heavily taxed to hand them to these illegal aliens. the decaying livelihood of average americans living in changing neighborhoods to hoods, brought by these lowbrow illegal aliens, waiting for handouts with preconceived notions america is lax, where you all can get too many FREEBIES, with open arms / without questions, so all will qualify, regardless of who you really are.

  • noz
    5 March 2015 at 1:47 pm - Reply

    this guy intent was well into the right route, until he suddenly collided, messing up with the commie socialists battle plan of the immigration reform to confuse the citizens, make the citizens agree / accept with the far out lefties nasty campaign this guy had jumped into the bandwagon, which goes this way – THE MANIAC / FANATIC CITIZENS OF THE USA MUST ALTER THE IMMIGRATION LAWS TO DECLARE LEGITIMACY TO – illegal aliens who entered the borders on foot without documents, aka wetbacks, or legal aliens with legal documents who entered the USA by air with premeditated, wicked intent to breach their visa deadline documents, turned ILLEGAL ALIENS are trying hard to call themselves undocumented, propagandizing themselves significant in the public opinions. avoiding the name ILLEGAL ALIENS they considered as a stigma. the fact remain, they all are bunch of ILLEGAL ALIENS, no ifs / buts. if anything, the illegal aliens who crossed the USA borders without documents are literally the UNDOCUMENTED ILLEGAL ALIENS.

    the general public, including with self interest politicians, justices, etc were brainwashed victims of the so called liner of – broken immigration, aka immigration reform. the reality is the sound written immigration laws to protect america’s sovereignty were not systematically, strictly enforced by the feds, ballooning to 30million out of control illegal aliens, which should have been deported, instead its now like bubonic plague / ebola, difficult to isolate / confine / deport, but not really, if america was able to send man to the moon, then america can send all these illegal aliens back to where they all came from. the short term effect is expensive, but the long term effect is a huge saving for the hard working taxpayers. demoncraps headed by obobo will tell you its impossible to deport illegal aliens, simply because its like throwing their voters in the trash. obobo have squandered trillions of dollars already, the question is – did the citizens benefited on all of the squandering / spending / borrowing of obobo?, the answer is a big NO. without a doubt if the fraction of the trillions were spent to deport these illegal aliens, we all have no discussions of illegal aliens. the undesirable illegal aliens are freaks spread of the sickest populations. the citizens quality of life have been a burden, getting heavily taxed to hand them to these illegal aliens. the decaying livelihood of average americans living in changing neighborhoods to hoods, brought by these lowbrow illegal aliens, waiting for handouts with preconceived notions america is lax, where you all can get too many FREEBIES, with open arms / without questions, so all will qualify, regardless of who you really are.

  • Generoso Magaoay
    5 March 2015 at 8:32 pm - Reply

    Bonta says the Asian Pacific Islander data covering social, economic, and educational disparities is flawed because it combines a wide number of ethnicities with different wants and needs.

    “You get diluted results that don’t show desperate outcomes in some of those communities,” said Bonta. “So once you get the data that my bill would require you could then craft solutions that target those problems and move lives forward and improve lives.”

    The above statement by Assembly member Bonta is very deceiving and with a hidden agenda. He wants to lure Filipinos to accept and support his bill so that solutions can be crafted to resolve problems and that lives move forward and improve lives? Easier said than done. So now all of a sudden Bonta wants immigration reform by supporting the bill that allowed undocumented immigrants the right to obtain a driver’s license. Just like any politicians who want to keep their seats at the legislature, they tend to go through desperate ways in earning votes from the community. The best that a highly educated person with an outstanding achievements and reputation is to endorse illegal (undocumented) immigrants in obtaining driver’s license???

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