DearColleague.us

Letter

Sending Office: Honorable Colleen Hanabusa
Sent By:
Elizabeth.Songvilay@mail.house.gov

 

Request for Cosponsor(s)

Colleagues,

This week, Rep. Hanabusa will reintroduce the Filipino Veterans Family Reunification Act, which would make it easier for aging Filipino World War II veterans to be reunited with their children, without the headache of having to renew a visa.

In 1941, more than 250,000 Filipino soldiers responded to President Roosevelt’s call-to-arms and fought for the U.S. during World War II.  Many of these brave individuals became U.S. citizens, and have spent decades in trying to reunite with their children.
As these veterans near the end of their life, it is more important than ever that we help them be with their children.

However, the children of these WWII veterans, along with many others, get caught in the Phillipines’ backlog (over 300,000) of green card applications, which happens to be our second largest (Mexico has the largest backlog).  Currently, the U.S. issues 226,000
green cards a year and the number of green cards issued to one country is capped at 7 percent (or, 15,820 green cards).  This means that if there were no additional green card applications added to the pile, it would take about 20 years to get through the
Phillipines’ backlog.

The Filipino Veterans Family Reunification Act would allow for children of Filipino WWII veterans to receive green cards and join their aging parents in the U.S. without those green cards being counted within the 7 percent cap.  Often times, those who are
applying for a green card are looking to join their parents in the U.S. to help care for them as they age.

These veterans deserve to be with their families in the country they fought so bravely for.  We encourage your offices to consider joining us in this effort of allowing for these veterans to be with their children as they age.

Here is the 114th version of the bill: http://lis.gov/cgi-lis/query/z?c114:H.R.483.  No changes will be made for reintroduction.

114th cosponsors: Bordallo, Chu, Duckworth, Farr, Gabbard, Green, Heck, Honda, Barbara Lee, Lieu, Lofgren, Lowenthal, Maloney, McDermott, Meng, Scott Peters, Schakowsky, Schiff, Bobby Scott, Swalwell, Takano

115th cosponsors (thus far): Peters, Swalwell, Gutierrez, Schiff

Please contact elizabeth.songvilay@mail.house.gov by COB Wednesday, May 17, if your boss would like to be an original cosponsor, or if you have any questions.

Related Legislative Issues
Selected legislative information: Armed Services, Civil Rights, Family Issues, Immigration, Judiciary, Veterans

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