SPECIAL REPORT: UNDOCUMENTED FILIPINO FIGHTS BACK

By Henni Espinosa, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

May 21, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO – One undocumented Filipina, who only wishes to be identified as “Marissa” said she cannot wait for immigration reform to pass. It’s been 25 years since she has seen her family or has returned to the Philippines. Marissa overstayed her visa and is now an undocumented immigrant.

“There have been many Christmases and New Year celebrations, even my birthdays, and I’ve missed spending it all with them. That really makes me sad,” she said.

Marissa recently joined a rally supporting immigrant rights in San Francisco. She is among the 11 million undocumented immigrants in America, eligible to get a pathway to citizenship if the immigration reform bill passes.

She said she does not understand why recent polls show a growing anti-immigrant sentiment in America, especially heightened by the Boston bombings.

“Not all of us are terrorists,” she said.

Behavioral expert Joyce Dulay said many undocumented immigrants face a lot of mental health issues.

“If someone is unable to express herself, that person goes through anxiety and depression. This could even lead to suicide. There are a lot of disorders that come when we don’t talk about things we think are negative,” she said.

She added that many undocumented Filipinos stay silent because of shame and fear of being ostracized in the community.

Steven Kish, who is married to a Filipina, said Americans should give undocumented immigrants a break.

“There’s bad people everywhere, no matter what nationality,” Kish pointed out.

But this young Republican leader said the Boston bombings made her resent how the government has been handling the influx of immigrants.

“I understand being nice and letting them come here for opportunities. But we’re also putting our children at risk. So where are the priorities of our government?” asked Vivian Abellana, a member of the group, FilAm Republicans.

She said the only way she will feel secure is if the government sends all undocumented immigrants home.

“They should send them back to their home countries, as difficult as that may sound. Instead of putting effort to keep them here, we should secure our borders and prevent them from further coming here,” she said.

She added that giving them a pathway to citizenship sends the wrong message.

“It means people can break laws and that’s not right,” she explained.

But immigrant rights advocates have said time and again, that immigrants have proven that they are valuable members of the community and that they deserve a chance to realize their American Dream.

“There’s a lot of forces that are trying to make sure this bill doesn’t happen. But what America has proven time and time again is that we’re a strong country who can stand up in the face of diversity and we can do the right thing,” said Chris Punongbayan, acting executive director of the Asian Law Caucus.

Advocates said they plan to counter opposition coming their way by reaching out to lawmakers and convincing them that legalizing undocumented immigrants will be better for America in the long run.

You may contact Henni Espinosa at henni_espinosa@abs-cbn.com for more information.

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  • noz
    21 May 2013 at 8:02 pm - Reply

    overstayed her visa, now fighting back to propagandize her illegal deeds as fine and dandy. the illegal aliens kissers are brushing off illegal aliens lawlessness will contribute for the betterment of america, in what way? these illegal aliens are chewing to the ground resources, taxpayers dollars, other people’s money in all shapes and form in the tune of 68 billion dollar annually. the absurd, false antics are not only laughable, but too contentious, trying hard to fool people who they can fool. if these illegal aliens have been sucking the system for over quarter of a century, imagine what they will do when they become legal, ya rule america the un american way aka the wrong way, with no return. the half baked shrink, the defender of illegal aliens describing all these mambo jambo lingo of mental disorders are so easy to treat, which she failed to tell her illegal alien patients, is to go back home period, to be free of anxiety. to blame america and its people with the self imposed knowingly breaking the laws as illegal aliens will never seat well to law abiding people of america. BTW, america already have enough natural born criminals, natural born lawbreakers to deal with, and for these illegal aliens to add on the problems of illegality will not be tolerated. if you all have your group showcasing your illegality, i must tell you there are forces behind the scene, including the silent majority neutralizing your radicalism stance on illegal aliens.

  • Delia
    22 May 2013 at 1:14 pm - Reply

    She chooses to leave her family by commiting crime, and now she wants to blame her wrongdoing to America ? For some reason i should’nt be responding with this type of ignorant pathetic story provoking an arguemnet , but since she is , by definition, criminals. Why should she be rewarded for breaking our laws?

    I don’t think law breakers should be rewarded for their crime. Because we’re sick and tired of working our a**es of to support 30 million illegals, anti American bottom feeders.

    We’re tired of third world scum who , turn OUR nation into a ghetto, then protest that we’re being unfair. We’re tired of trying to find (and pay for) adequate medical care, while the interlopers swarm clinics and emergency rooms like flies on sh**, demanding free treatment for everything from a sneeze to a hangnail . Because we don’t like the fact that thousands of emergency treatment centers have gone belly up and closed their doors down because of these parasites?

    Dont call me bigots or racist for speaking out truth . Illegals are draining hospitals and medical centers. They keep wages suppressed and unemployment elevated. After we get done rewarding all the immigration law breakers, what law is going to get any respect?

    One last thing i need to expose and express is … stop bringing your elders age over 62 here . First thing they do is file for social security pension without putting a penny in the system , drainning the legal and american people who actually deserved to collect them . I hope theres a punishment from above for this people who’s stealing and rubbing the hard working citizen . All illegals does not understand this problems they are creating and commiting , WHY ? Because its not their country getting bombarded with this criminal acts .

    • jr(catholic counter capitalist)
      22 May 2013 at 6:09 pm - Reply

      @Delia. Don’t be so hipocrite Delia. Your post lack factual and intellectual discourse. It’s rather gross exageration and super bombastic, extremist LIES to the core. 30 million illegal aliens? Are smarter than the INS? Calling them third world scum, bottom feeders and parasites? You must then be a scum, bottom feeder and parasite. They turn our nation into a ghetto? Delutional statement.

      Let us see what the bible says regarding treatment of aliens. EXODUS 23:7-9…. YOU SHALL KEEP AWAY FROM ANYTHING DISHONEST.. The innocent and the just you shall not put to death, nor shall you acquit the guilty. NEVER TAKE A BRIBE, FOR A BRIBE BLINDS EVEN THE MOST CLEAR-SIGHTED AND TWISTS THE WORDS EVEN OF THE JUST. YOU SHALL NOT OPPRESS AN ALIEN; YOU WELL KNOW HOW IT FEELS TO BE AN ALIEN, SINCE YOU WERE ONCE ALIENS YOURSELVES IN THE LAND OF EGYPT.

      • Delia
        22 May 2013 at 6:12 pm - Reply

        Your posts will continue to be ignored by me and any other intelligent human beings for lack of factual and intellectual content.

        • jr(catholic counter capitalist)
          22 May 2013 at 6:27 pm - Reply

          You keep telling yourself that because your post precisely lack factual and intellectual content and substance.

          • Delia
            22 May 2013 at 7:41 pm -

            You are sad, pathetic, lifeless little twit, This topic issue is about illegal criminals , not about religion . You keep inserting your copy paste verses from the bible . Who do you think your trying to empress by pasting verses ? Your arrogant reponse to post here shows what kind of stupid words you uttered were formed in your diseased malformed brain.

            Your a total mental retard Intellectual, social, psychological liar, moral, pusillanimous, infantile .There’s nothing anyone can do to help you. You will likely forever be a worthless waste of existence sucking life out of the productive like a parasite. Your low level of intelligence ensures that.

            But then again i am not surprise , since you only want to suck blood from every decent humans who work hard for thier money . If you insist on your nonsensical remarks and comments I will have to put you in the permanent ignored column.

    • buloknaisda
      23 May 2013 at 7:10 am - Reply

      We’re tired of third world scum who , turn OUR nation into a ghetto, then protest that we’re being unfair. We’re tired of trying to find (and pay for) adequate medical care, while the interlopers swarm clinics and emergency rooms like flies on sh**, demanding free treatment for everything from a sneeze to a hangnail . Because we don’t like the fact that thousands of emergency treatment centers have gone belly up and closed their doors down because of these parasites? (by Delia )

      Note: This country consists of scums as yous say, from Italy and Ireland long before you were probably born. Illegal aliens weren’t and aren’t only mexicans, illegal aliens includes your own damn fucking ancestors ! GET IT ?? You mother of all scum bags cannot and will never understand the early beginnings of this country because you defy freedom and deprive the non-white population in this country. As far as I know and my education serves me well, all non-white in this country is considered a third-world scum bag as you say Delia. Thus, little did you know there is not a single person aside from the Native Americans, is a true American. So, what are you trying to protect? A country that is not even yours at the first place? You are so sick of how things are in this country, and since that you probably hold an America Passport (I hope), why don’t you leave America and live in Europe or Canada or some other countries where you would not whine and complain about illegal immigration. And also, please try to use spell check ? you are a disgust to your fellow anti-illegal immigration extremists ! Get your sh&*t right Delia !

      • Delia
        23 May 2013 at 10:33 am - Reply

        Hmm!!!!!!! freaking blood suckers parasite came together as if they knew what they are talking about. Lol , Lol , just cause my name is something you recognize as from third world country , you assume i am one , well eat your heart out and keep you’re delusion . You just made another incorrect assumption and you know what assume makes. Ahhhhhhhhhh ! And whom might that be as my mother who can never understand you retard . Funny when illegals and foreigners has nothing constructive and intelligent to say they spit the word racist , extremist , blah blah and includes people who has nothing to do with the discussion. . Low life bastards with big ego always talk big but can not stand to live in thier own country . Hey . check your own back yard before you talk .

        Yessss All foreign invaders are scum with no exceptions , Tell me , why else are you all here if your not scumming for money from this country. Its really hard to fathom eh ! or non of you will ever leave your own country. ME LEAVE My COUNTRY? Thats good suggestions , and i hope you follow your own suggestion and leave USA instead of sucking up all the resource and blood from every citizen in this country. Can you provide a direct evidence that i dont belong here ? Make sure it is certified . Spell check ? lol lol …… Yes , Yes Yessssss i’m tired of you arrogant schmuck .

        • buloknaisda
          23 May 2013 at 1:13 pm - Reply

          You have no place in this world especially in this country with your retard thoughts and mindset. I am a citizen of this country and everything that I have is purely from my own hardships. I pay taxes just like the 99 pct of this country. I and the rest of my fellow right minded people don’t have any empathy for people like you who knows nothing but to throw jabs at people who are not born in this free country. You have nothing else to say, thus lacks genuine intelligence to support your disgust with current and past events. It says it all about you with your blah, blah, blah rants. It simply means you are close to speechless for what’s being told to you for which you do not have a jack clue what is all about.

          • av
            23 May 2013 at 1:20 pm -

            @ Delia – why don’t you try to show your face on public here on Balitang America and say what your comments are on television. Let’s see if you have the balls to say what you want to say in today’s world. Yet, you probably won’t because you are one coward b.. atch….

          • Delia
            23 May 2013 at 6:32 pm -

            Sighhhhhhh , its laughable that one can throw dirt at someone , then he cathes the dirt back to himself. Actually , i am rolling my ass off laughing . Oh ! before i forget , since when did they change the state name California to Calipornia ? Can you please educate me and the whole world that it has change ?

            Actually stinky your worthless post will be ignored due to luck of factual or intellectual content.

          • Delia
            23 May 2013 at 6:58 pm -

            Av , me afraid of you ? No way in hell i’m afraid to animal like you. I notice that you only show up here when you see someone is disagreeing and arguing with me . It shows that you are coward twat . You needed a co-conspirator to attack me . LOL You Flips are flipping when someone can stand up in your face.

            Try harder Av i dont back down to non , I will fight to the death my right to depend this country from inavders like you.

            I’m beginning to believe what Rodney is saying , that your disfuntional fuctard scumbag . You low life dog eater can never have a decent life untill you step in this country.

          • buloknaisda
            24 May 2013 at 6:02 am -

            really delia? seriously? napaka angas mo talaga po sangkatauhan ka, daig mo pa ang isang bayaning tanga.

          • av
            28 May 2013 at 8:31 am -

            @delia – who said that you are afraid, you did ! Duh ! Stupid !

          • buloknaisda
            28 May 2013 at 8:33 am -

            @racist scum bag – what? you are soooo stupid, the word cailpornia was meant to be a joke, you are so damn serious you believed everything that is being said. Soooo stupid, juan tanga ka ! Hanapin mo sa google ang ibig sabihin ng maang. Ay hindi na pala kasi ikaw un.

  • buloknaisda
    22 May 2013 at 1:54 pm - Reply

    Racism on the loose !!!!

    • Delia
      22 May 2013 at 2:29 pm - Reply

      First person who throw a word racist at someone means they are the one racist. Any way ,Your posts will be ignored by me and any other intelligent human beings for lack of factual and intellectual content.

    • noz
      22 May 2013 at 6:17 pm - Reply

      racism is the color of the skin, the darker the skin color the inferior it becomes. so what part of racism is the same compared to illegal aliens. prove to me racism is the same as illegal aliens. we are not talking about skin color. we are talking about ILLEGAL ALIENS on the loose doing illegal stuffs, by the INS law the federal government must accordingly deport illegal aliens from sovereign USA.

      • jr(catholic counter capitalist)
        22 May 2013 at 6:25 pm - Reply

        @Noz…… you have degraded the word “mexican” so many times. do you have amnesia or dementia? do want to be reminded of all the things you have said about them?

        • noz
          22 May 2013 at 10:53 pm - Reply

          SO YOU ARE FROM THE DEEPEST HOLE SLIMY, SLUMS OF MEXICO. LET ME THROW BACK TO YOU, YOUR EXCREMENTS CONTINUOUSLY COMING OUT OF YOUR BAD BREATH, BLACKENED GUMS AND TONGUE. I SURELY WILL STUFF ALL YOUR VOMITUS OF BS, THE TASTE YOU LOVE TO SWALLOW. YES, YOU ARE NOTHING BUT A GARBAGE THAT NEED TO BE DISPOSED OFF, IF YOU DON’T SHUT UP, YOU WILL GET MORE TRASH IN YOUR TRASHY BRAIN, PUSHING HARD TO EXPAND FOR MORE TRASHS IN YOUR EMPTY CEREBELLUM. GO AHEAD MAKE MY DAY, NIGHT. I WILL SEE TO IT YOU ARE TRAMPLED BACK TO WHERE YOU BELONG, THE DEEPEEEEESSSSST BLACK HOLE. GET IT….GET IT….GET IT….GET IT….GET IT….GET IT….GET IT….GET IT….GET IT….GET IT….GET IT….GET IT….GET LOST….GET LOST….GET LOST….GET LOST….GET LOST….GET LOST….GET LOST….GET LOST….GET LOST….GET LOST….GET LOST….GET LOST….BEFORE POS LIKE YOU GET PULVERIZE.

        • rodney
          22 May 2013 at 11:18 pm - Reply

          @JR: Pahiya ka ano? Ungas talaga itong kabayong bakla, pareho ni AV.

          • Delia
            23 May 2013 at 6:05 am -

            Rodney , have’nt you notice ? JR and Av are one , when Av is here JR is not and when JR is here Av vanished . Both are dimwit with multiple personnality.

          • av
            23 May 2013 at 6:56 am -

            Iisa daw ako at ang JR? Mga tanga ! Mga hindi talaga kayo marunong magbasa at manghuli ng word patterns. Kabayong malaki ang ari na si rick at rodney talaga ohhh.. ikaw ang iisa rick at rodney. Mahilig ka ata sa mga egoy eh, mga pangalan mo mga pangalang alang kwenta !

        • rodney
          23 May 2013 at 11:32 am - Reply

          @av: Definitely, they are the same. In what way? They are the same “UNGAS” at malanding “KABAYONG BAKLA” hahaha. I think that “BULOKNAISDA” is definitely the same na “BULOK” ang “BRAIN” din. Pareho silang lahat na “BULOK” ang brain. I think “BULOK” din ang “NANAY” nila dahil nagpa “DIDI” sa mga Mexicanong ILLEGAL.

          • av
            23 May 2013 at 1:16 pm -

            Alam mo rodney rick ang galing mo ! ang galing mong sumipsip ng gatas ng kabayo kasi puro kabayo ang pinagsasabi mo. bakit nakipag tirahan ka na ba sa kabayong bakla, ay malamang kasi puro animal sex ang alam mo eh… ewwww….

        • RODNEY
          23 May 2013 at 4:03 pm - Reply

          @AV:wHAT? sINPSIP MO ANG “pipit”NG nanay MO?

          • buloknaisda
            28 May 2013 at 8:29 am -

            @rodney – what? asawa mo kabayo??

      • buloknaisda
        23 May 2013 at 7:33 am - Reply

        can’t prove anything to anyone who is unable to understand, perhaps, would not understand what is being discussed.

  • Russ
    22 May 2013 at 5:29 pm - Reply

    All foreigners in the Philippines must personally report to Immigration offices on or before March 2 so as not to be tagged as undocumented aliens, the Bureau of Immigration said Thursday.

    “[Foreigners] have only until March 2 to report in person to the bureau for their annual report, lest they face sanctions for being improperly documented aliens,” the bureau said in a statement.

    Immigration Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. noted that there are no extensions for the as mandated by Republic Act No.562 or the Alien Registration Act of 1950 which states that foreigners holding an immigrant or non-immigrant visa should have an annual report within the first 60 days of every calendar year.

    “Those who fail to make the annual report will be meted administrative fines or face deportation proceedings,” David said.

    Foreigners may opt to have their annual report at the bureau’s main office in Intramuros, Manila, or any satellite office nationwide, according to the bureau.

    The annual report fee is P300, plus P10 for legal research.

    “As for aliens who are below 14 years of age or 65 years old and above, it shall be the duty of their parents or legal guardians or representatives to make the report on their behalf,” the bureau noted.

    This was a GMA news article from February 2012. Seems it isn’t just the big, bad Americans who have an issue with “undocumented immigrants”. Please note the threat of deportation!

    • Delia
      22 May 2013 at 9:02 pm - Reply

      Russ thank you for posting this . There are Americans that are living in a Philippine jail for overstaying their visa. They are kept in jail for years, in primitive conditions, before they are deported. The idea is to extort as much money as possible from them. I have first person accounts of this, including a Chaplin and a prisoner held there for two years. I’m referring to the Immigration jail in Metro Manila.

      There are also newspaper accounts available, in the Philippine Star Newspaper. (I was surprised that they printed it).

      I think that we should give reciprocal treatment to countries who mistreat our citizens. That should stop abuse against Americans held in jails overseas. So yes, I am advocating disparate treatment for citizens of countries who abuse our citizens,… of similar legal standing. Let’s engage in prisoner swaps with these countries.

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