Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

April 8, 2013

LONG BEACH, Calif.–Filipinos are now holding dialogues, discussing the possible effects on the community of an immigration reform bill that may be presented this week. The Filipino Migrant Center held an immigration forum to tackle possible proposals on giving amnesty for the undocumented, changes to the work visa program, and the end of certain family-based petitions.

“A lot of these laws that are going to be passed by this gang of 8 these senators are going to affect filipinos especially when it comes to family reunification, deportation,” said Alex Montances of the FMC.

A former teacher who was forced to leave her sponsoring employer because of abusive work conditions spoke to the crowd telling them how a reform bill could help secure a pathway to legalization while addressing immigrant workers rights.

“For me it’s unfair and I hope there is protection for all the workers here in the United States especially those who are migrants who came here and I hope the society or government can do something about it,” she told the crowd.

While the Senate is expected to introduce their version of immigration reform which is believed to contain proposals on amnesty, a guest worker program, and the elimination of certain family based petitions, legislators, including two from California, are expected introduce a house version of the overhaul shortly after.

“The House of Representatives negotiations have been very secretive as you know, part of why it’s very secretive is they’re
trying to make sure that they could get a bipartisan bill out with a the participation of a very GOP dominated congress,” said
Cynthia Buiza, a policy consultant and FMC Board Member.

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  • Delia
    8 April 2013 at 7:22 pm - Reply

    This country, to maintain its place in the world needs well educated, well trained legal immigrants to bring their unique talents and skills to the nation’s character. Typically, these legal immigrants bring value to the country, they contribute, they obey the laws, they make everyone’s life a little better for it.

    What this country doesn’t need are the runaways, the stowaways, the uneducated, the illiterate, the diseased, the law breakers who disrespect community norms, and the people, who promote and defend those detriments to maintaining America’s place in the world. Illegal aliens are law breaking criminals and should be treated as such. Send them all to their respective country , they will never adopt and obey the law .

  • Gerry Buenafe of Toms river nj
    9 April 2013 at 7:10 am - Reply

    deport all mayabang na illegal alien

  • kikayPang0
    9 April 2013 at 1:56 pm - Reply

    It is impossible to round up and deport the illegals – We don’t have to. All we have to do is remove the incentives that brought them here in the first place. No jobs. No housing. No taxpayer financed services or benefits (including education). Once we remove the incentives that brought them here, they will leave on their own.