Filipinos Welcome Obama’s Order Halting Deportation of Dreamers

For Immediate Release

June 18, 2012

Contact: Terry Valen, NAFCON President

415.333.6267 / info@nafconusa.org

Filipinos Welcome Obama’s Order Halting Deportation of Dreamers 

NAFCON Urges Filipinos to Continue to Organize for Legalization for All and an End to Backlog of Family Petitions    

After hearing the news of President Obama’s executive order halting all deportations of Dream Act eligible immigrants while also qualifying them to apply for work permits, many Filipinos organizing for immigration reform, including the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON), feel their efforts are making an impact but know there is still much work to be done.

“Without the efforts of Antonio Vargas, Carla Navoa, JB Librojo and thousands of other Dreamers and their supporters, President Obama would not have made this election-year move. His executive order signals that immigrant right’s organizing is working and now more than ever we need to continue to push for an end to family petition backlogs and legalization for all,” said Terry Valen, President of NAFCON.

“We are fully aware that this is short-term relief which offers no long-term path to citizenship or legal permanent residency.  Even JB and Vargas, who helped put the plight of dreamers on the national stage, will not be able to avail of this “relief” as it is limited to those only under 30″ added Valen.

Because Obama’s executive order offers only a portion of the over 1 million undocumented Filipinos temporary relief, NAFCON remains committed in its efforts to push the U.S. government to pass legislation that unites Filipino families and allows all undocumented immigrants a path to work and support their loved ones legally. This means passage of not only the Dream Act but Comprehensive Immigration Reform as promised by Obama in his initial campaign for the presidency.

Currently NAFCON is engaged in its “Dignity and Justice for Im/migrants Campaign” which seeks to do research and education amongst the community in an effort to gain broader support for resolving issues that Filipino migrants face including the undocumented. To find more information on NAFCON and its campaigns, go to our website at www.nafconusa.org or email us at info@nafconusa.org.

NAFCON is a national multi-issue alliance of Filipino organizations and individuals in the United States serving to protect the rights and welfare of Filipinos by fighting for social, economic, and racial justice and equality. It was launched in San Jose California in 2003. At present, NAFCON members encompass over 23 cities in the United States.###

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