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Fil-Am groups back Obama’s sweeping immigration reform

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President Barack Obama speaks during a nationally televised address from the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. Spurning furious Republicans, President Barack Obama unveiled expansive executive actions on immigration Thursday night to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation and refocus enforcement efforts on "felons, not families."  (AP Photo/Jim Bourg, Pool)

President Barack Obama drew mixed reactions among Filipino-American immigration advocates on Thursday after he outlined his plan to shield up to 5 million immigrants—including tens of thousands of Filipinos—from deportation.

Posted: November 22nd, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

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Obama on immigration–What took him so long?

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When I talk to Jose Antonio Vargas, the undocumented Filipino activist, now filmmaker in America, he couldn’t drive without papers. But he was driven.

Posted: November 20th, 2014 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

Fil-Am, 10 others appeal for deportation deferral

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Jose Antonio Vargas

Prominent Filipino journalist and activist Jose Antonio Vargas and 10 other undocumented immigrants on Wednesday, August 20 appealed for deportation deferrals and the inclusion of most of the 11 million undocumented immigrants in any executive action to reduce deportations.

Posted: August 26th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

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Why TPS matters even now

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Participants in August 13 dialogue a the Philippine Embassy in Washington DC among DHS officials, Philippine Embassy officials and Filipino American community leaders.

They are often referred to, half-jokingly, as TNTs, the Tagalog acronym for Tago ng Tago (hiding and hiding) or Takot na Takot (very afraid). But it is no laughing matter to be a Filipino out of lawful immigration status in the U.S., constantly hiding from immigration authorities and always anxiously fearful of being picked up and deported back to the Philippines.

Posted: August 21st, 2014 in Blogs,Columnists,Featured Gallery,Photos & Videos | Read More »

US immigration activist’s movie premiers in Manila

In this Feb. 13, 2013 file photo, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, immigration rights activist and self-declared undocumented immigrant Jose Antonio Vargas testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on comprehensive immigration reform. Vargas has been detained by U.S. Border Patrol agents at a South Texas airport. Border Patrol spokesman Omar Zamora says Vargas was in custody Tuesday morning, July 15, 2014, but he had no other details. AP

An autobiographical documentary by one of America’s best known illegal immigrants has opened an independent film festival in his home country, the Philippines, to applause, laughter and tears.

Posted: August 2nd, 2014 in Americas,Featured Gallery,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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