April 15, 2013

By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

LONG BEACH,Calif.–Petitioned by his sister, Sam Ulanday, 77, has been living in the US for nearly 20 years, however, it took him 15 years to get here. “I was impatient. I think there is no more hope,” he recalled.
He didn’t arrive until he was 58, by then he was only able to work for ten years as a teacher’s assistant before retiring, and now the waiting game continues…he’s been waiting seven years to bring his adult son to America. “Very important to me cuz I’m hoping my son will finally come here,” he added.

Lawmakers consider him part of the so-called “chain migration” and have considered putting the practice to an end as part of the upcoming immigration reform package.
Already disappointed by the long wait, Ulanday is concerned that migration patterns like his family’s journey may be eliminated. Immigrant advocates have lobbied for faster family petitions since the “Gang of 8” senators began work on the immigration overhaul.

“At least for the rumors that family reunification especially petitioning brothers and sisters and other close family members it looks like some of those things might be threatened and that’s the exact opposite of what the filipino migrant center wants. We want to reunite Filipino families we want to reduce the visa backlogs and petitions,” explained Alex Montances of the Filipino Migrant Center, at a recent immigration forum.

By Tuesday Ulanday and advocates will know the exact details of the bill and the fate of family reunification. They just hope their worst fears; that certain family petitions will be sacrificed in favor of more work based visas, is not part of the overhaul.

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  • concernedfilam
    16 April 2013 at 5:27 pm - Reply
  • noz
    16 April 2013 at 5:46 pm - Reply

    the entire true written content of the INS reform laws are unknown. rubio’s talks are excerpts of the reform. laws, once written becomes too complex, applications of the laws can/may modify eligibility of beneficiaries. therefore, the concerns of these families are real. the saying of be careful what you wished for will affect people either the right way or the wrong way, that’s why do not rock a stable boat.

    18 April 2013 at 2:26 am - Reply

    Arrived 58 yrs.old, worked 10 yrs. Now collecting very low rate from SSS, subsidize by SSI, plus SNAP,Medicare and other freebees….! Mahina yan…I arrived 60 yrs. old, worked for 2 yrs., applied for SSD received $897. a month, snap $130……yari ang karera!

    • Delia
      20 April 2013 at 6:19 pm - Reply

      Masaya po ba kayo sa mga greed ninyo ?