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Illegal minors: Some came ‘accompanied by a stranger’


“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.

Posted: July 27th, 2014 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Global Pinoy | Read More »


A positive development on petitions by US-citizen parents


The recently released August 2014 Visa Bulletin of the US Department of State reveals an unusual movement in the priority dates of certain petitions of US citizens. For the first time in many years, the priority dates for the first preference category (F1) petitions by US citizens on behalf of their adult single children are advancing faster than petitions by green card holders under the F2B category. What is accelerating the priority dates under the F1 category?

Posted: July 20th, 2014 in Global Pinoy | Read More »

Detentions a ‘risk’ faced by undocumented US migrants, says Fil-Am Vargas

Jose Antonio Vargas

Immigration activist Jose Antonio Vargas said Wednesday his detention by US border agents in Texas was just an example of the risks that undocumented immigrants face every day in America.

Posted: July 17th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

China ends drilling operations in disputed sea

Haiyang Shiyou oil rig 981, the first deep-water drilling rig developed in China, is pictured in May 2012 at 320 kilometers (200 miles) southeast of Hong Kong in the South China Sea. AP FILE PHOTO

China on Wednesday moved an oil rig that it had deployed in a section of the South China Sea, triggering a dispute with Vietnam.

Posted: July 16th, 2014 in Asia & Pacific,Featured Gallery,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

A look at China’s territorial claims

china-world map

China’s efforts to counter the United States’ “pivot to Asia” and raise its own influence on the continent are complicated by territorial disputes, mostly at sea but also along its land border. Many of the disputes have been simmering for decades, although some have heated up in recent years.

Posted: July 11th, 2014 in Asia & Pacific,Featured Gallery,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »