Midterm elections could affect status of millions of undocumented workers

By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Oct. 29, 2014

LOS ANGELES – They may not be able to vote, but undocumented Filipino workers believe the fate of long-awaited immigration reform may be decided at the polls.

“If this Congress and the Senate are going to support President Obama, I think the amnesty that has been intended for us undocumented immigrants might be pushed through and it might be approved,” said “Benny,” an undocumented worker.

“It’s important that the election would be done and over with, because we have the immigration reform,” said Emily, another undocumented worker. “And from that, maybe we could move forward and go on already with our lives.”

All 435 seats in the House of Representatives as well as 36 seats in the Senate are up for grabs next week.

Republicans hold a majority in the House. That majority, especially House Speaker John Boehner, had been blamed for blocking a vote on comprehensive immigration reform which was passed by the Senate in 2013.

John Boehner has maintained that the GOP wants to handle immigration reform in stages.

The elections are not entirely about Democrats versus Republicans. For immigration advocates, it’s about finding lawmakers who are willing to push for immigration reform.

“President Obama cannot do anything if Congress will not approve any bills,” said Lolit Andradelledo, of Pilipino Workers Center. “We want both Senate and Congress that will be the members election should be pro immigrant.”

“Ang unang chance natin November 4,” said Leo Herrera Lim, Consul General. “Kung bomoto kayo, bumoto kayo sa sino susuport sa immigration reform sa Filipino community.”

From lobbying lawmakers the past few years to registering voters, undocumented immigrants have been part of the process as much as they are able to.

No matter the results of the midterm elections, undocumented Filipinos do have another chance at some sort of immigration relief. President Obama is expected to announce his long awaited plans for administrative actions on immigration after the elections.

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  • Juan
    29 October 2014 at 11:06 pm - Reply

    Ano? 34Million illegal will get Amnesty,98% are Hispanic, this will be the end Black-American and hard working middle class Americans…Black community which is no-match with the Latinos when it comes to jobs. Latinos are hard worker, they will accept $3-5/hr for minimum wage jobs.34 Million will grab your job.With that number, for sure mapapalitan ka.Due to oversupply of new applicants, your employer will demote you to part time job, and replace you with two $3-5/hr Latino.Democrat is pro-Amnesty,Republican is Anti-Amnesty.If you want to feed your family and protect your job, vote GOP..

  • Delia
    30 October 2014 at 7:06 am - Reply

    Obamanutts as usual will do the completely unexpected and completely opposite of what the White House Democrat mouthpiece deceptive shell game now you see it and now you don’t smoke and mirrors disinformation and deception fantasy story tellers and Liars shout to the naïve and easily gullible swallow hook line and sinker listeners. Obama will use some shocking catastrophic distraction or another convenient Obama administration or Obama dictatorship regime scandal to distract attention away from the illegal alien foreign national mass sneak invasion across the U.S. Border into the United States and pull another unexpected sneaky Presidential Executive Order AMNESTY out of his bag of sneaky dirty tricks just before or after the midterm elections.