Undocumented Pinoy joins immigration activists at Texas border

By Merpu Roa, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

July 17, 2014

MCALLEN, Texas – Administrative relief from deportations and the expansion of deferred action for childhood arrivals program is what drove Raymond Jose, 22, to travel from his home state of Maryland and join immigration activists in McAllen, Texas.

“Because I know that my mom and dad had made so many sacrifices for me,” Jose, an organizer with United We Dream, said. “Not just my mom and dad, but my sister as well. So that is my motivation. That is what drives me, to advocate for my family and many others like mine who go through so much.”

Jose is helping local activists here to strategize and highlight issues like the surge of unaccompanied minors coming to the U.S. from Central America. They are also pushing for the reunification of families through an expanded deferred action for childhood arrivals program or DACA.

He was nine years old when he and his older sister were brought by his parents to the U.S. in 2000. At age 17, he learned they were all undocumented.

“She began to explain to me that we had overstayed our tourist visa, and that left us in a state of being undocumented,” Jose recalled. “And what that meant was that I won’t be able to take those scholarships, I couldn’t get in-state tuition, and I couldn’t get financial aid. And college would be that much harder.”

Jose and his sister availed of President Obama’s DACA program that gives temporary deportation relief to undocumented youth who meet certain criteria. He believes it needs to be expanded to older immigrants.

“To expand deferred action, which is what I have, to another category of people. So meaning, like my parents — anyone who wasn’t qualified for deferred action. Expanding that to them, and stopping the deportations. Because 1,100 deportations happen on a daily basis and within that are mothers, fathers, sons and daughters.”

He added: “That is what we are asking President Obama. He did it before. He can do it again.”

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  • noz
    17 July 2014 at 5:55 pm - Reply

    this is the classic case of not only extending one’s hand, now they want the whole arm. the illegal alien trespassers will be entering your space. you all better watch out, or you’ll find these illegal aliens are all on top of your own property. this guy is full of oneself after he bag the temporary, questionable DACA of obummer. now this time, he wants open border to all who have premeditated to be illegal aliens like his parents without shame, sneering deportations. these illegal aliens are all out to overpower your neighborhoods to turn to hoods. it’s the obligation of every american to see to it none of these illegal aliens game plans bowl over to deface america.

  • Mario
    17 July 2014 at 7:08 pm - Reply

    Raymund Jose, you are wasting your time. The Obama regime to open Palm Aire Hotel Resort & Suite and transformed 600 beds facilities for illegal alien.$50M contract(from taxpayers $) is awarded yearly to Baptist church, for info (google; Gateway Pundit/ Palm Aire hotel.)Sorry to tell you, this Resort is only intended for Hispanic illegal alien, not for Pinoy illegal alien. This shows that Obama/LaRaza agenda on immigration reform is exclusively for Hispanic, not for Asian. Go there they might hire illegal worker to run the Hotel. Millions of American citizen has no place to live,but Obama prefer to help Hispanic Illegal alien.

  • JRB
    17 July 2014 at 8:30 pm - Reply

    You all make me laugh and I say this to all of you, stop it? Your all wrong and look stupid by helping illegal people that broke the law of America? Your not in a country that you can push around us Americans so watch-out or we Americans will kick your big A$$ out of America? Look you all know it’s wrong what you all doing by helping the illegal people. Look go to a computer and go in to Yahoo News and see what the real Americans is saying about illegal people and people that is helping them like Jose Vargas? We should lock you all up and throw the key away.

  • Delia
    20 July 2014 at 12:06 pm - Reply

    Illegal criminal invaders you are all full of craps. All low life thieves , lawless evil , stealing position from decent people waiting on line.