By Don Tagala, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

April 8, 2013

Jersey City, NJ –As lawmakers return to work this week closer to an immigration deal as ever, hundreds of immigrants and advocates in New Jersey are clamoring that they do not waste any more time in passing this much needed piece of legislation.

“We have to keep up with the moral compass of America, we have to show that we are the leaders and we are about equality and pursuit of happiness,” said Giancarlo Tello, an undocumented student.

“The time is now for immigration reform,” said immigrant advocate Grace Baldisseri, “I am certain that this will be passed soonest, within the year.”

Senator Bob Menendez, a member of the Senate’s bipartisan “Gang of Eight” said a bill that will help bring nearly 11 million undocumented immigrants out of the shadows and on a pathway to earned citizenship, may soon be on its way to the White House.

“The gang of eight Sanators , Democrats and Republicans have come to an agreement on all the major issues that deal with comprehensive immigration reform,” Menendez said, “As we speak, the staffs of all their offices are working on the legislative language that we can present and announce in the senate.”

Democratic Congressman Rush Holt said, what the country needs is a fair, compassionate, efficient and secured immigration system.

“It will happen,” Holt said, “We will have a pathway to citizenship for all willing immigrants, we will honor family unity, for same sex couple, we will build on the dream and we will make sure there are no second class residents.”

For many Filipinos who are not quite undocumented like Bea Sabino, immigration reform means shorter waiting period for family and employment based petitions.

Sabino aged out an H-4 visa as a dependent of her parent’s H1B work visa.

After turning 21, she was on her own. She’s now on an F-1 student visa, with a pending family based petition from her mother.

“We already applied for a change of status, to a green card which normally takes about 20 years. We’re on year seven right now, and if this immigration law passes my family would be one of the families that would be experiencing family reunification,” she said.

A group from the House of Representatives is also working on a bipartisan immigration reform plan.

More details are expected to come out of the Senate proposal this week — including details on background checks, fines and paying back taxes for undocumented workers.

On Wednesday, tens of thousands of immigrants and supporters are expected to take the streets of Washington DC to urge congress to pass an immigration reform bill within the year.

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  • Delia
    8 April 2013 at 7:13 pm - Reply

    What the heck are this criminal illegal alliens saying , not waste time . stop wasting congress and politician their time with your arrogant bullying and forceful atittude. Go home already and dont waste our time money and stop pulluting .

    You’re taking jobs and money from our own citizens. You’re bringing crime and diseases along with them. You’re bankrupting our hospitals. They need to be repelled and the borders tightly controlled. Their enablers who employ them for cheap labor need to be arrested, fined and jailed.

  • kikayPang0
    9 April 2013 at 8:06 am - Reply

    I don’t really care about cheating illegal immigrants, i feel the need to type.

  • AV
    9 April 2013 at 10:47 am - Reply


  • Delia
    9 April 2013 at 11:38 am - Reply

    @Av ? are you really serious ? where did you get that notions that congress has to blame ? Did the congress and house invited the criminal alliens to invade USA ? What hope ? they never did once said they can stay here , What i know is they were trying to find a way which is up till now , they have not . Theres some debate about it , but they never once said they are giving hope .

    Illegals are over the top being stupid and expecting something that was never promised , they want to inforce their way in to stay even though they are not wanted here. Its rediculous to blame the government , illegals knew its a crime , every person in USA knew its a crime , why would you even say its this or that to blame . No one to blame except them criminal illegals period.

  • noz
    9 April 2013 at 5:52 pm - Reply

    menendez???? a dishonest caught in a criminal act democrat, now focusing his supports of illegal aliens, say what? path to citizenships!!!! are one of many of his morally depraved tactic to gather votes to stay in power. these bullcrap illegal aliens protests popping up here and there are attempts to deceive/exploit public emotions. america is under siege by these far, far lefty democrats intimidated by conspirators with self interest to declare illegal aliens illegal actions are acceptable, going along to grant legal status to illegal aliens will solve the economic turmoil of the country. those who believe and give their supports to illegal aliens lies and foolish propagandas certainly were thrown inside the washing machines.

  • Av
    9 April 2013 at 6:58 pm - Reply

    Delia, if this law passes, who would you blame? The illegals? Did they pass the law? NO ! They are the cause but they are note the ones who pushes the envelope at the Presidents desk. Which part of politics do you not understand??

  • Delia
    10 April 2013 at 11:59 am - Reply

    @Av , who started this mess , is’nt the invader criminal allien ? was’nt them giving the problem here in USA ? In the first place without the criminal invaders which are also known as Illegal allien there are no reason for the politician to solve which is the main cause of this whole problem .

    I dont need your explanations nor do i need to understand , theres no valid reason to why i need to asnwer you . Its the illegals who came and invade , in this case politician would have nothing to pass. Eh kung ikaw kaya AV, kung pasukin ang bahay mo nang mga tao na hinde invited at hinde mo kakilala sila tapos angkinin ang mga nilalaman nang bahay mo tapos pati bahay mo aangkinin din , would you accept it and do nothing ? Ito pa isang example sa tagalog para maitindihan mo Av , halimbawa lang ito , Tahimik kayo nang familia mo sa pamamahay ninyo , tapos biglang may pumasok , ano ang gagawin mo tatahimik ka na lang ba, or you make actions . So, ang sa akin lang kung walang gumawa nang hinde tama walang isosolved or ipapass ang mga politicians di bah.

    Para sa akin , since hinde ang mga politician ang nag cause nang problemang ito why the need to blame them . Kung walang pumasok at walang nag invade walang problema. I wish and pray all the criminals gets the punishment they deserved someday .

  • av
    11 April 2013 at 8:44 am - Reply

    @Delia – Eh kung hindi ba sila pinapasok sa US makakarating ba sila dito?? It starts from the mbassies, consuls and borders ! Who controls, hires and pays those to enforce the law? The governent right? So whos is the government now? Yes, wou wont need to understand because YOU do Not Understand !

  • Delia
    11 April 2013 at 2:28 pm - Reply

    @Av, speak english first then i would probably understand , lol or else itagalog mo na lang , hirap na hirap ka sa spelling at ang grammar mo balubaluktot.

    • av
      12 April 2013 at 7:59 am - Reply

      Only if Balitang America did not change their website, maybe it would have been easier to type. Nonetheless, do you really know what this reform is for and why is it becoming a real issue? Mabute ng mali mali kaysa sa besaya ang mageng panonolat ko. Deba Delya ?