US Congresswoman shares latest on administrative relief for undocumented immigrants

By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

August 15, 2014

LOS ANGELES – Undocumented immigrants shared their stories and struggles through a translator to U.S. Congressman Judy Chu of the house judiciary committee and Los Angeles City Councilman Curren Price during a town hall meeting on administrative relief that could help undocumented immigrants gain legal status.

Immigrant rights leaders from the Coalition for Humane Immigration Los Angeles called on the community to put pressure on President Barrack Obama into pushing through with his plans to issue an executive order on immigration.

Rep. Chu who represents California’s 27th district, home to large Asian and Latino populations, said that her and other Congress members have been in talks with Obama and the Department of Homeland Security in creating recommendations for administrative relief.

Rep. Chu said, “for instance, we believe that there should before ability to claim extreme hardship so those who want to be legal can actually stay here. We also believe that parents of that DACA students and the parents of U.S. citizens should be given deferred action.”

While she supports Pres. Obama using his executive powers she warns that the benefits of these orders may not go beyond 2016 when his term is finished, and stresses Congress passing immigration reform would provide a more long term solution.

“What happens if Pres. Obama is not there,” asked Rep. Chu. “If the next president is Republican they can turn around and do away with deferred action.”

While Republicans have said they will challenge any of Obama’s executive orders Chu blamed House Speaker John Boehner and members of the Tea Party for not taking immigration reform to a vote.

“In reality, we have the votes to pass comprehensive immigration reform,” said Chu. “We have 200 votes on the democratic side and 30 on the republican side and we need 218 to pass the bill.”

While there has been talk of several possibilities on the types of administrative relief that will be given nothing is final yet, until the president makes the announcement which is expected in the next several weeks.

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  • Mario
    15 August 2014 at 8:02 pm - Reply

    Why I opposed Illegal immigration; (1) 98million American are unemployed, then you add another 30Million(correct count)of illegal alien.,the boat is full, no more space it will sink meaning America will be bankcrupt.(2) Charity begins at home, help the unemployed, homeless American first before others.(3) Don’t we have enought poor in this country already, and we need more poor?(4) Who is going to feed, clothes,house them, are you willing to pay more taxes.You Democrats why don’t you close the border.

  • JRB
    16 August 2014 at 8:31 am - Reply

    To our government America should close the door for no more immigrants can come to America, go to other countries, for the undocumented immigrants in America now take them by the U.S. Army down to the airports deport all of them back to their countries? If the don’t want to go back lock all of them up and put them on freight planes and ship them all back like Animals. Yes America lets act now before it’s to late. Hell with this losers that don’t belong in America? Look at the Americans what they all saying on Yahoo news about this undocumented immigrants.

  • Peter
    16 August 2014 at 1:39 pm - Reply

    Good news for future Democrat voters, the 2nd wave of 30K illegal children from Central America is arriving on September and October. The first wave of illegals was 60K kids,+ 240K Adult, total of 300K. The Gov’t is ready to spend your Taxpayers money to feed, house, and medicate them. Good job Democrats allow Filipinos to enter US without VISA, we will also vote for you.

  • filam
    16 August 2014 at 4:55 pm - Reply

    Stop being biased for amnesty. Most Filipinos are
    Against amnesty but for LEGAL immigration

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