Prayers for immigration reform continue after shutdown

Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Oct. 18, 2013

PASADENA, Calif – Immigrant rights activists and faith leaders gathered for a vigil outside Pasadena city hall on Thursday night, praying that a comprehensive immigration reform bill with a pathway to citizenship could be passed soon.

“We are continuously promoting and fighting for a more comprehensive and just immigration reform,” Jewel Dela Cruz of the Filipino Migrant Center said.

As they were hoping for answered prayers, the federal shutdown had slowed down the chances of immigration reform.

“We never got off track with the immigration reform bill and the work we’re trying to do to push that reform. Unfortunately it comes at a time when there are a lot of other issues with the government,” Pastor Jolo Buktaw of United Methodist Church and the Filipino Migrant Center explained.

On Thursday, as President Obama was addressing the end of the federal shutdown, he reminded lawmakers that immigration reform should be the next priority.

“The immigration bill is one of the three issues he wants to push forward and move prior to the end of this year,” Jolo echoed. “I’m glad the president recognizes its importance.”

After the U.S. Senate passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill earlier this year, the measure had stalled in the Republican-led House of Representatives, as leaders said they want to tackle immigration through a series of smaller bills.

You may contact Steve Angeles at steve_angeles@abs-cbn.com for more information.

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  • Kikay Pang0
    19 October 2013 at 10:00 am - Reply

    All politicians that give aid to criminals ….. violate their oath of office, or try to pass laws that are unconstitutional need to be removed from office.

  • Delia
    19 October 2013 at 6:14 pm - Reply

    Illegal aliens are not even a legitimate constituency. They have no rights and they are only here as a result of a choice to violate our sovereignty. Any ‘representative’ business, or group working on their behalf is spitting in the face of Americans.

  • Jorge Buesa
    19 October 2013 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    Yes Delia they are spitting in the face of the Americans. This is our home because we were born here in America. Yes KiKay Pango your right, all politicians that give aid to them is a criminal. Sad very Sad!

  • Wilhelmino Pablo
    20 October 2013 at 9:00 pm - Reply

    In my humble opinion, i think there is a big difference between illegal immigrants/aliens and undocumented immigrants (correct me if i’m wrong). Illegal immigrants are those people who entered the U.S. illegally through different channels without undergoing legal process. The “undocumented” ones are the people who entered the U.S with proper documentation and overstayed and let their visa expired ( the TNTs) and the child/children they brought with them here in the U.S. will also fall in the same category. These minor children that the TNTs brought with them in the U.S. have no idea what is “undocumented” or “illegal” immigrants until they reach their adult age, like those kids in the Balitang America news recently rallying for the immigration reform law. Can we be a little bit considerate with these kids? …Please?

    • VA
      21 October 2013 at 6:53 am - Reply

      No Pablo.. Delia, Jorge and soon enough Rod, Rick & Noz would be on this thread. They all oppose the reform as they have dyed their hair and brains with bleach…

      • Jorge Buesa
        21 October 2013 at 8:26 am - Reply

        VA what did you say? I don’t understand what you trying to say ?

        • Delia
          21 October 2013 at 10:59 am - Reply

          Our hair is coloring naturally because of so many criminals and twisted brain around who cant understand a process of Law . Gutless clueless and brain dead people try to shove their own idiotic idiology . When they have nothing intelligent to counter , resort to insults and name calling is all they do good.

          • VA
            21 October 2013 at 1:29 pm -

            Hahahaha. nakakatawa naman ang mga barbie dolls na ito… Pumuputi daw ang mga buhok dahil sa kakaisip sa reform. Daig pa ang mga senador eh…Process law mo kainin mo Delia.. Baka pag na process mo yang process of law na yan, eh ang mailabas mo eh kasing dumi ng pasig river.

    • Jorge Buesa
      21 October 2013 at 8:35 am - Reply

      Wilhelmino Pablo, sorry but if you broke the law in America, your send back to the country you came from. The minor chidrens parents knew what they did wrong. Soon or later America will catch you if you came to America the wrong way.

      • JD
        21 October 2013 at 6:03 pm - Reply

        Hey VA, what’s going on, with barbie dolls ? What your trying hard to say ? Watch out for white hair Senators. They might get mad at you.

    • Delia
      21 October 2013 at 10:28 am - Reply

      Whilhelmino Pablo say’s —-> The “undocumented” ones are the people who entered the U.S with proper documentation and overstayed and let their visa expired ( the TNTs) and the child/children they brought with them here in the U.S. will also fall in the same category.

      I say this people with the proper documentation still has the intent of breaking the Law , knowing their visa is expiring . Childrens or no Childresns is’nt the excuse , its the adult parents intentions to allow this happens.

      Whilhelmino Pablo say’s ——> These minor children that the TNTs brought with them in the U.S. have no idea what is “undocumented” or “illegal” immigrants until they reach their adult age, like those kids in the Balitang America news recently rallying for the immigration reform law.

      I say , again its their parents intention to have their childrens commit a criminal act against the Law , why dont you have considerations and blame the adult parents who drove their childrens into this mess ?

      Let me give you an example , this maybe a bit hard to understand but i will try . If you are fired at your job or no longer needed , will you still go to work or stay at work even though knowing you dont work there anymore ? I think not, a place where that job will most likely barge you from entering at the work place. Theres no difference wether your documented or not , your stay is expired , which means you no longer have the authority being here.

      Regardless of reasonning , this issue of breaking a Law is never right no matter how you spin it . NO country in the world will accept an illegal to reside in their country , be it over stay , visa expired , or with childrens , they will deport you with no if and buts . Its a crime . a sin , a guilt and most of all , invaders will never succeed for taking space from people patiently waiting on line that are doing it the right way .

      Have considerations to people spending so much time and money waiting on line , they are the one who has rights to come here . 10 to 15 years waiting is’nt convenient for them , let alone getting push back on line longer because of the Law breakers . Give them their due consideration , they are the Law abiding human being. Thats not hard to understand .

    • JD
      21 October 2013 at 6:11 pm - Reply

      Hey VA, what’s going on, with barbie dolls ? What your trying hard to say ? Watch out for white hair Senators. They might get mad at you.

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