IMMIGRATION REFORM ADVOCATES TO CONTINUE FIGHT FOR MORE INCLUSIVE OVERHAUL

Steve Angeles and Don Tagala, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

LOS ANGELES /NEW YORK–On the eve of the Senate Judiciary committee’s first hearing on the immigration reform bill, advocates are pushing for more inclusive amendments to the bill.

Southern California immigrant communities hit the streets of Los Angeles to pressure lawmakers expedite the passing of the bill and to make sure of the inclusion of the provisions for family reunification.

“We are here asking the public to join the movement for immigrant rights, asking immigrants to step it up this year because we need to pass immigration reform and to pass it,” said Angelica Salas of the Coalition for Humane Immigration Reform of Los Angeles.

The Philippine Consulate in New York held forums to prepare Filipinos for the possible changes to immigration laws.

“As the immigration debate rages on, and the US Congress is set to tackle a draft immigration reform bill we should acknowledge that this issue is also a personal matter for many of us particularly since the outcome of debate may involve life changing effects ,” said the Consul General Mario De Leon.

While advocates say they are happy that a bill has been introduced in congress, many say the elimination of sibling petitions, and exclusion of immigration benefits for same sex couples must be included in the 844 page proposal.

“It doesn’t cover all of the needs, all of the preferences, all the specific issue that individuals have. It is better than what we have before but still not where we want to go, it’s just a draft of the bill,” said National Association of Filipino American Association Regional Director Steven Raga.

Dreamer-turned-advocate Anthony Ng, in Los Angeles, explained, “It’ll be a month process I would assume, just because there’s going to be so many amendments here and there. I think for us, it’s making sure we protect whatever is good in the bill and make sure we amend whatever’s not in the bill so we can get the best bill possible for the entire immigrant community.”

Maria Cruz Lee, the special assistant to the commissioner at New York’s Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs is encouraging the undocumented to take advantage of certain free services regardless of immigration status, under City Executive Order 34 and 41.

Contact Steve Angeles at steve_angeles@abs-cbn.com for more information.

4 Comments on this post.

Leave a Reply

*

*

  • noz
    19 April 2013 at 9:00 pm - Reply

    what? encouraging the illegal aliens to take advantage of certain free services regardless of immigration status, under city executive order 34 and 41. so who are the financiers of this free services, no wonder, the hikes on state and city taxes on workers paychecks. cuomo/bloomberg did this sh…..ts robbing the workers point blank. these two should not give priorities to illegal aliens, but to their hard working constituents. these two lefties got to go back where they came from, like these illegal aliens without shame with their overboard demands, so just imagine these narcissistic groups of illegal aliens becoming legal, for sure are the future blood suckers of america. who knows, some illegal aliens may have slip, beat the system already collecting welfare. the INS reform laws must exclude illegal aliens who collected welfare for legal status.

  • Noel
    23 April 2013 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    To noz!
    Grabe ka sino ka man Kung mag salita. Shame on you being a Filipino then migrated here. Bakit paano ka nakarating dito? Nanny LNG Nanay mo kaya nakarating ka dito. Kunin kana sana ni lord at ang bait ng dila mo!!! Hayop ka!!!!

    • delia
      24 April 2013 at 1:44 pm - Reply

      @Noel , Have you ever thought that maybe Noz is not Filipino ? or someone born in the USA and never learn the language ? Then your poor judgement and used a pathetic language like that ? Remember , Whatever you throw at people will boomerang back at you .

  • noz
    23 April 2013 at 6:18 pm - Reply

    SPEAK ENGLISH, this is america or are you from a foreign land. anybody with PC from any part of the globe can enter any blog sites. let me get through your knucklehead, before you breathe your last breath. i was born in america. so you all think i am like you a foreign born. you are too ignoramus to tell the difference, what countries recruiting degree holders to do domestics. nannies hired, sponsored legally by employers in the US are from european countries. the illegal aliens in the USA, if lucks are in their side, by lying with their illegal alien status combined with employers looking for lower pays and zero background checks end up hiring illegal aliens as nannies.

    LISTEN WELL, YOU THE LOWEST FORM OF ANIMAL BLOODSUCKER BELONGING TO GROUPS OF FEEDING ON OTHER PEOPLE’S MONEY, SWARMS ARE SMARTER THAN YOUR CRACK-HEAD DEAD BRAIN. YOUR SCATTERED HEAD, FULL OF GARBAGE EXPECTED DIDDLY-SQUAT KNOWLEDGE, THE GOVERNMENT REVENUES ARE THE MONIES OF THE HARD WORKING CITIZENS/LEGAL RESIDENTS. SO YOUR MORONIC CEREBELLUM TELLS YOU, THE LIKE OF OBAMA HANDING OUT EBT TO EXPLOITER LIKE YOU ARE OBAMA’S MONEY?. YOU ARE SPITING OUT THAT MONEY GROWS LIKE WEEDS, SO THE ILLEGAL ALIENS GIVEN SERVICES FOR FREE ARE SIMPLY THAT JUST FREE. YOUR DUNDERHEAD WILL NEVER EVER COMPREHEND, THE GOVERNMENT MONIES ARE THE MONIES OF THE HARD WORKERS SUCKED BY PARASITES LIKE YOU.

    YOU WISH TO END ME??? LET SEE, TRY ME WITH MY GLOCK, SMITH AND WESSON, ARM..ITE, ETC. ANIMAL BLOODSUCKER, EXPLOITER, EXTORTIONIST LIKE YOU NEED TO BE NEUTRALIZED IF YOU TRY, WITH MY RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS.

  • POPULAR POSTS