Obama’s Immigration Policy Benefits Filipinos Too

Morning Metro ManilaWe recently highlighted how President Obama has created his own immigration policy despite that responsibility being reserved for Congress under the Constitution. We noted how he is using parole to allow Haitians into the country two years in advance of their eligibility under the visa law.

A similar program is just now going into effect for some Filipinos. Using the same parole loophole, Filipinos who are the children of Filipino World War II veterans or their spouses become eligible for immediate immigration outside of the normal waiting period required under the limits of the visa law. Even though the Filipino veteran may be deceased and unable to petition for family members, those family members may bypass that snag by petitioning for themselves.

This is a new program rolled out by Homeland Security in June 2016. See https://www.uscis.gov/fwvp. Who will be next?

About Author


Jack, who joined FAIR’s National Board of Advisors in 2017, is a retired U.S. diplomat with consular experience. He has testified before the U.S. Congress, U.S. Civil Rights Commission, and U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform and has authored studies of immigration issues. His national and international print, TV, and talk radio experience is extensive (including in Spanish).


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    Meanwhile the Pope says don’t use birth control. A hundred million people packed in those relatively small islands and they let the Catholic Church tell them to have children they can’t feed. I saw a news report a couple weeks ago that there are a million and a half abandoned children in the country, and no one seems to think this is a problem. Keep being sheep and see how well that turns out for you.

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    How many millions of people around the world are children of World War 2 veterans that fought for the Allies? This doesn’t make sense, except that it is a quick way to increase the number of voters for the Democrats before the upcoming Presidential election.

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      There was a report on CBS evening news today about the Mexican billionaire who persuaded the PGA to move it’s championship to Mexico from Trump’s Doral club in Miami. Naturally this guy was given free rein to attack Trump and he suggested Trump come to see “the real Mexico”.

      Would that be the Mexico that is still stonewalling an investigation into the disappearance of 43 college students who were on their way to protest in Mexico City in 2014? In April this year the Inter American Commission on Human Rights, invited by the families to examine the case, left the country after accusing the government of not cooperating by allowing them to see either witnesses or documents. They also said the government refused to condemn a widespread media campaign that targeted the commission.

      The government had also previously suggested that the students, who were training to be teachers, were part of a criminal gang. Just another attempt by the corrupt Mexican government to point the finger away from their activities. Amnesty International has year after year said the Mexican government has turned a “blind eye” to torture and killings of those who oppose the government. But Trump’s the bad guy.