By Jun Medina
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.
By Rodel Rodis
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.
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.
By Lourdes Santos Tancinco
“I was introduced to a man I’d never seen. He held my hand, as I boarded an airplane for the first time.” This is how Jose Antonio Vargas (Jose), a Pulitzer prize-winning Filipino journalist, described his departure for the United States. It was 1993 and he was 12 years old at the time.
A Filipino-American organization that grew out of Filipinos for Obama during the presidential campaigns, called on members of the US Congress to stop political bickering and enact immigration reforms.