Sending Office: Honorable Ed Case
ORIGINAL COSPONSOR: Filipino Veterans Family Reunification Act
DUE: COB Friday, 5/17
Help reunite Filipino veterans of World War II with their children!
115th Congress Cosponsors: Peters, Swalwell, Gutierrez, Schiff, Vargas, Bordallo, Chu, Napolitano, Lee, Soto, Grijalva, Al Green, Takano, Lieu, Robert C. “Bobby” Scott, Gabbard, Rosen, Gene Green, Kilmer, Speier, Mike Thompson.
We are reintroducing the Filipino Veterans Family Reunification Act, which would expedite immigration procedures for the children of aging Filipino World War II veterans who are U.S. citizens to be reunited with their parent. A companion version will be
introduced by Senator Mazie Hirono and Senator Lisa Murkowski in the Senate. This bill was introduced as
H.R. 2635 in the last Congress with former Representative Colleen Hanabusa of Hawai’i as principal sponsor.
In 1941, more than 250,000 Filipino soldiers responded to President Roosevelt’s call-to-arms in the Philippines and elsewhere and fought for the U.S. during World War II. Many of these brave individuals returned from the War only to be denied many of the
benefits promised for their service. Many such veterans became proud U.S. citizens, though today there are only a few thousand Filipino veterans still alive and living in the U.S. In October 2017, Congress finally awarded them the Congressional Gold Medal
to honor their service in World War II.
Our citizen veterans long sought to gain entry and citizenship for their children, but our immigrant visa backlog has forced family members to wait up to decades and thus effectively prevented these aging veterans from reuniting with their families. In 2016,
the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services created the Filipino World War II Veterans Parole Program, a temporary administrative fix which allows these veterans to request parole for their children or siblings under which they can live in the U.S. pending
processing of their permanent resident applications. However, as these veterans near the end of their lives, they deserve the certainty of a non-revocable permanent solution.
The Filipino Veterans Family Reunification Act would exempt immigrant visa applications of children of Filipino World War II veterans from existing caps and essentially allow them to gain green cards on processing and approval of their applications, which
are still carefully vetted in line with existing immigration standards. This will not only assist these veterans in their senior years but also provide a fitting recognition of their critical service in the War.
Please contact Ben Chao (Ben.Chao@mail.house.gov) with Representative Case or Michael Songer (Michael.Songer@mail.house.gov) with Representative Young to be an
original cosponsor of this bill or if you have any questions.
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