In Immigration Bill Up For Vote, Sen. Hirono Includes Children Of FilVets In Amended Version

by Joseph G. Lariosa

CHICAGO (FAXX/jGLi) – Keeping up with her previous records of helping Filipino World War II veterans, Sen. Mazie K. Hirono [D-HI] followed this up by beating the 5 p.m. deadline last May 7 to insert an amendment to Sen. Bill 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, that will enable the children of Filipino World War II veterans to get permanent residence even if the veterans are either dead or alive.

This amendment would have to be either inserted into the 867-page omnibus bill or rejected on Tuesday (May 14) when the U.S. Senate Committee on Judiciary, of which, Senator Hirono is a member, resumes committee hearing of the bill.

According to the amendment, it will “exempt children of certain Filipino World War II veterans from the numerical limitations on immigrant visas” in the “comprehensive immigration reform and for other purposes.”

The amendment will be added at the end of subtitle C of title II of Sec. 201 (b)(1) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1151(b)(c) as Section 2320. REUNIFICATION OF CERTAIN FAMILIES OF FILIPINO VETERANS OF WORLD WAR II to be cited as the “Filipino Veterans Family Reunification Act (b) Exemption from Immigrant Visa Limit. Section 201(b)(1)(8U.S.C. 1151(b)(1), as amended by Sections 2102, 2212, 2307, and 2402, as amended by adding at the end of the following: “(0) (sic) Aliens who …”

The Senate Judiciary Committee held its executive business meeting last Thursday (May 9) to consider the bipartisan legislation introduced last April 17 that would legalize 11 million undocumented immigrants.

Under the current law, there are five special immigrants not subject to direct numerical limitations, which are categorized as (A), (B) (refugees), (C) (special agriculture workers), (D) (removal is cancelled) and (E) (entered the U.S. prior to Jan. 1, 1972). Sen. Hirono’s proposed amendment will add children of Filipino WW II veterans under (F) category.


Among the features of the S. 744 are as follows:

Adoption of a point system: the younger the immigrant, the higher point he/she gets. For instance, those 18-24 years old get 8 points; 25-32, 6 points; 33-37, 4 points. Caregivers get 10 points; Those with English proficiency, 10 points; English knowledge, 5 points; Married sibling of U. S. citizen gets 10 points; nationals with fewer than 50,000 lawfully admitted get 5 points (in this case, Filipinos whose documented immigrants between 2002 and 2011 number 404,314 in the U.S. will get no point); married children who are 31 years old or less will be allocated 25% visas of worldwide level while unmarried children will be allocated 40%.

Among those inadmissible are members of street gangs while other grounds of ineligibility are those convicted as active part of a criminal street gang; those convicted three or more offenses of driving under the influence; and those with “sexual abuse of minor whether or not minority of the victim is established by evidence in the record of conviction or by credible evidence extrinsic to the record of conviction.”

Former deportees, who are admissible, will be fined upon return. “It is not aiding and abetting a violation of this section for an individual to provide an alien with emergency humanitarian assistance, including emergency medical care and food, or to transport the alien 3 to a location where such assistance can be rendered without compensation or the expectation of compensation.’


Those who are engaged in “illegal practice of immigration law will be jailed for not less than 15 years; Those who forge immigration documents three times will be fined or jailed 20 years or both.”

Those precluded from admissibility are those convicted of serious criminal offenses and domestic violence, stalking, child abuse and violation of protective orders.

The U.S. government will discontinue granting visa to nationals of countries that deny or delay accepting aliens, who are citizens, subjects, nationals or residents of those countries.

Others inadmissible are those who have “knowledge of the attack: murder, extermination, enslavement, forcible transfer of population, arbitrary detention, rape, sexual slavery, enforced prostitution, forced pregnancy, enforced sterilization, or any other form of sexual violence of comparable gravity; persecution on political racial, national, ethnic, cultural, religious, or gender grounds; enforced disappearance of persons; or other inhumane acts of a similar character intentionally causing great suffering or serious bodily or mental injury.”



Sen. Mazie K. Hirono [D-HI] (From Sen. Hirono’s website)


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