By Lourdes Santos Tancinco
On the Friday before Thanksgiving week, I received a call from a woman community leader in San Francisco asking me if I was interested in being in a panel to discuss various immigration issues of the Filipino-American community. I readily said “absolutely!” When I was told it was to be on Nov. 25, the day of American president Barack Obama’s San Francisco visit, I became doubly excited.
By Jerome Aning
All is fair in love. And fiancé visa petitions. The United States Embassy in Manila on Friday said it had issued its first fiancé visa to a same-sex couple, a Filipino and an American soldier serving in Afghanistan who will get married next month.
Asian Americans are the fastest-growing multicultural group in the US and are 54 percent more likely than overall US households to have incomes of $100,000 or more according to a new report released by Nielsen, a leading global provider of information and insights into what consumers watch and buy.
By Nimfa U. Rueda
Filipino-American groups and immigrant rights advocates have urged President Aquino to apply for a temporary protected status (TPS) for undocumented Filipino citizens in the United States in the wake of typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan).
By Harvey I. Barkin
Rep. Mike Honda (D — Silicon Valley) reiterated his pledge to help Filipinos recently in the aftermath of Haiyan (Yolanda in the Philippines). His words brought comfort even to Filipinos who were devastated not by the super-typhoon but by the obstacles to immigration reform and the inability of Filipino veterans to get justice.
As Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for undocumented Filipinos picked up bipartisan congressional support, the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) urged the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to grant the status.
A former Washington Post journalist who later revealed he was living in the country illegally has made a documentary about his experience and is selling US broadcast rights for the project to CNN Films.
By Tina G. Santos
The Philippine government will temporarily ease the visa requirements for foreign aid workers who will help victims of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” in the Visayas, according to the Bureau of Immigration (BI).
Some 300 Filipinos have been camping outside the Philippine consulate in Jeddah for weeks waiting for documents and help to leave Saudi Arabia, as a crackdown on illegal migrants intensifies.
By Nicholas Von Wettberg
Filipino-American Sharon Arlanza Yost, a US citizen, is suing the US government after she was threatened with deportation and wrongfully detained for seven months by immigration authorities.
Morocco has unveiled details of an “exceptional operation” to give official papers to some of its 25,000 to 40,000 illegal immigrants from sub-Saharan Africa, many of whom hope to reach Europe.
By Dymphna Calica-La Putt
Leaders of the Filipino-American community urged its members to support immigration reform by calling their representatives in Congress.