Undocumented Pinoy says GOP plans for immigration not enough

By Henni Espinosa, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Jan. 17, 2014

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – House Republicans are reportedly set to release their version of immigration reform as early as next week.

Sources within the House cited in media reports that the plan will include individual bills addressing stricter border security measures, a worker verification system for employers and earned legal status for undocumented immigrants.

The document will reportedly stress that undocumented immigrants will not be legalized, until stricter border security and enforcement measures are in place.

It will also not include a path to citizenship.

Undocumented immigrants, after admitting guilt and paying fines and back taxes owed, may be given temporary legal status. But it will be up to them to adjust to a more permanent status in America, whether through employment or family-based petitions.

Dean Santos is an undocumented college student who became eligible for President Barack Obama’s deferred action program, which allowed him to legally stay in the country for a limited time. He said the House GOP’s proposals are not enough to help millions of immigrants in this country.

Santos, who is also coordinator for ASPIRE, a group composed of undocumented students, reasoned, “The Senate’s version was better. This one does not address the broken immigration system in the country.”

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

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  • amfil
    17 January 2014 at 6:54 pm - Reply

    “When it comes to immigration, seems our country is no more than a job fair for foreigners.” We should care more for our own citizens and especially our returning vets before a single foreigner is even able to find a job here. We can train our own and for those where we can’t the # of visa’s should be severely limited. Low waged/low skilled should be eliminated as long as there are legal Americans to take the jobs. Heck make those on welfare work them before any illegal alien gets the job.


  • amfil
    17 January 2014 at 7:00 pm - Reply

    We need common sense, the real unemployment is at U6, 13 percent

    with millions of Americans unemployed and underemployed, how are we going to pay for all these liabilities. More competition for scarce jobs, look what happened to states or cities that have been run to the ground by Democrats…look no further than Detroit

    how about those that immigrate legally is it fair to them?

  • amfil
    17 January 2014 at 7:16 pm - Reply
  • JD
    17 January 2014 at 9:21 pm - Reply

    House Republicans, will release their version of immigration reform ? The answer to immigration reform is DEAD ! Their are crazy to talk about it, in America who wants people that came to America the wrong way? I don’t want to talk about it, many Americans that are not filipinos don’t care to talk about it !

  • ihammad
    17 January 2014 at 10:03 pm - Reply

    amfil maybe because you are afraid of competition, if you study well enough and get a degree definitely the government of America will not hire from foreign country. Don’t you think they are competitive thats why they are being hired, I am also an american by birth so I’m giving others the benefit of the doubt. They may be foreigners but not all americans can do their jobs. Get it

    • Wil
      18 January 2014 at 2:04 pm - Reply

      @ihammad …. You mean not all Americans can do the job for the price that the companies and corporations want to pay them. It is a well know fact that foreigners work for less than Americans. The bottom line is profit margins and paying Americans bites into that profit margin. Get it! It’s called corporate greed if you don’t.

  • Jack
    18 January 2014 at 12:13 am - Reply

    70% of illegals who received amnesty became Democrat. Republican, check you voting history, Reagan got the highest vote at 48%, you have never learn a lesson. Illegals are after welfare money, then work at a lower wage “under the table” cash money..By the way 75% of illegals failed the driving written test in Nevada.Most of them are No read,No write and does not understand English.The 25% includes Pinoys and Europeans ancestry.

  • JT
    18 January 2014 at 12:24 am - Reply

    My own belief, Illegals are criminals..But Politicians gives amnesty to illegals in order replace aborted babies.Remember you pay Obamacare monthly premium which include planned parenthood (legalized killing babies-abortion).

  • JD
    18 January 2014 at 7:50 am - Reply

    To all you that Comment on this subject, they is no end to all your good Comments ? The only Answer to all this is only God knows the Answer ? Who is right and wrong, their is no end to the subject. For me I know I’m living a good life don’t have to look in my back if someone going deport me !

  • amfil
    18 January 2014 at 1:19 pm - Reply
  • amfil
    18 January 2014 at 1:22 pm - Reply

    By the way, ask yourself who built America to be number 1

    legal immigrants and Americans

  • amfil
    18 January 2014 at 1:33 pm - Reply
  • noz
    18 January 2014 at 2:09 pm - Reply

    the INS is broken by not deporting illegal aliens. the deeper damaged to the immigration/naturalization system was caused by the federal government. The elected POTUS have not done its job to follow the rule of INS law to deport illegal aliens, who either entered illegally by crossing the USA borders, and those aliens who were given temporary visas or non immigrant visas – visitors or tourists, students, etc that expired without getting arrested for deportation. The offenders of overstaying with expired visas are at over 45%. Thus, securing the borders are no way a solution without strict enforcement to deport these illegals knowingly have embraced illegal activities. Now, the bloated 30 million illegal aliens have the nerves to cry out of reform, which is nothing but rewarding these illegal aliens of their lawlessness. Too disgusting for these elected democrap and the GOP politicians riding along with these illegal alien moochers, to hold on power by buying votes of the hispanics. The USA have lost its global economic power. Concerned Americans are angry with these politicians spending time on the issue of illegal aliens, instead of focusing on gaining back the lost top economic status of the USA. Illegal aliens have been documented to be costing hard working taxpayers billions on freebies, imprisonment, legal fees, education, etc. This POTUS have degraded the credit rating, devalued the dollar by printing them, at risk to become a MICKEY MOUSE MONEY once the dollar lost its global monetary exchange. The ads are all over to convert your dollars, if you have plenty of them, to metals of GOLD or SILVER. Many citizens are too clueless, this POTUS are into increasing the debt ceiling or more borrowing from China, so he can be on spending sprees mode. No regards for the 17 trillion debt, being paid in billions every single day to China. Yet his primary concern are the illegal aliens?.

  • noz
    18 January 2014 at 4:24 pm - Reply

    For correction – the billions paid to China every single day are just the INTEREST ALONE on the 17 trillion debt of the USA. The BO administration have been exposed for many made up lies as to exactly the numbers of unemployed by deflating the numbers of the jobless and the freeloaders of the income taxpayers. BO’s administration lies continues inflating the numbers signed up with Obamacare. Unemployed citizens must be the priority of this POTUS, not these illegal aliens intrusions via hispanics bawling, waiting to be bought by the democraps for their votes. All healthy citizens must have jobs as income taxpayers will eventually pay off the 17 trillion debt. Welfare recipients must solely be for those unhealthy citizens in mind/body, as opposed to current welfare enrollee are strong, healthy in mind, but have become the lazies of America.

  • bomboclat
    19 January 2014 at 9:42 pm - Reply

    We all elligal this land ok the real people in america are native america !!!!! Ok

    • Delia
      20 January 2014 at 7:32 am - Reply

      @Bomboclat, I guess thereare no real Filipinos in thePhilippines either , only the Etas and Igorots are .

  • noz
    20 January 2014 at 10:18 am - Reply

    America’s immigration legal system remain open. we are talking about ILLEGAL ALIENS, who BTW are impeding the visa issuance for those aliens applying legally to migrate to the USA. over 200 hundred years ago, America was explored by people called settlers, not illegal aliens, traveling via trails and rails. America became America as we know it with the settlers whose lives were filled with conflicts or civil wars of the pro slavery Confederates against the Union or North. the native American Indians were the original settlers of America, their backward cultures to develop America were overcome by the Anglo-Saxon Europeans with their innovations, and orders of livelihood for its people. now America is facing the same battle with the growing population of Hispanics, whose cultures are being pushed to the throats of others, or all the cultures of the globe, that have migrated to America. Hispanic’s goal slowly but surely for Spanish to become the dominant language of America, Hispanics knew damn well can be accomplished politically. I am tired calling businesses to listen press certain number for Spanish. Why do you all think these hungry power politicians are all into supporting Hispanic causes, which is not good for the USA, but only good for the Hispanics empowerment of mobilizations, the most heated battle is the Hispanic’s pro illegal aliens by enlarged are mostly Hispanics.

    • JD
      20 January 2014 at 11:02 am - Reply

      @Noz, that’s what happens when they don’t follow rules, in America. For America we are in a big mess,by all ILLEGAL ALIENS?

  • noz
    20 January 2014 at 2:17 pm - Reply

    illegal alien Filipinos belong to the over 45% who were given temporary visas either tourist, students, etc. most of these Filipinos with temporary US visas have pre-planned to become illegal aliens, just like the family of this DACA recipient featured by BA. This is the best example, when you give someone a hand, they want your whole arm. So, just imagine these illegal aliens, wannabe legal will be capable to do once legal, for sure capable to ruin America with their demands not good for America, but for themselves alone. Illegal aliens and their supporters of illegalities are demanding the piece of the American Pie by pushing lawmakers to rewrite INS laws, that all illegal alien actions must be ignored, just hand them amnesty in a platter. The deplorable comment of this guy, featured by BA should make law abiding legal residents and Americans sick to their stomach, he already benefited from BO’s unconstitutional DACA executive order that catapulted him back to the White House. Lawful people want this DACA to disintegrate. Scholars of laws have questioned DACA’s legality, find this law to be an abuse of power by the POTUS, inviting instability of the INS laws, opening floodgates of illegal aliens, that its okay to be lawbreakers. The USA’s INS laws, just like the INS laws of industrialized, freedom loving sovereign countries are – DEPORT ILLEGAL ALIENS. WELCOME LEGAL ALIENS. All these politician lawmakers on both parties must be thrown away to the curb, if they follow unconstitutional INS laws. INS laws already in placed in the book of laws, do not need reform, but rather need full reenforcement by the Feds aka the POTUS to get rid of illegal aliens period.