Filipino Migrant Center Opposes New U.S. House Bill, “American Healthcare Act”: Healthcare Access for Millions of Families Threatened

For Immediate Release
May 9, 2017

The Filipino Migrant Center strongly opposes the passing of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) in the U.S. House of Representatives to replace the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as “Obamacare.”

The American Health Care Act (AHCA) would enable states to allow insurance companies to increase the premiums of those who have so-called “pre-existing conditions,” which, according to the bill, includes pregnancy, stroke, diabetes, mental illnesses, different kinds of cancer, being victims of sexual assault, and heart diseases among others. The measure would affect funding for Medicaid, which currently helps provide health coverage to millions of low-income individuals. Additionally, the tax breaks available to families depending on their income will now be dependent on their ages, meaning older people can be charged more.

If passed in the Senate, the new policy would negatively affect many low-income members of our community who will not be able to afford insurance or health care access. It also disproportionately impacts women, the elderly, people with disabilities and immigrant families.

Healthcare should be a basic right provided to all, not just those who can afford it. The Filipino Migrant Center is committed to fighting for affordable and accessible healthcare for all of our communities. We urge the community, especially our fellow Filipinos to join us and other community organizations to prevent this harmful bill from passing the Senate. To learn more about how you might be impacted by this measure and how you can get involved, please contact us at:

Reference: Joanna Concepcion, Executive Director


Filipino Migrant Center Stands with Immigrant, Refugee and Muslim communities

Filipino Migrant Center Stands with Immigrant, Refugee and Muslim communities

Filipino Migrant Center Stands with Immigrant, Refugee and Muslim communities 

Filipino Migrant Center rejects President Trump’s immigration executive orders attacking and criminalizing immigrants, refugees and Muslim communities.

The executive orders calls for the suspension of refugee programs and limits the number of refugees the United States it welcomes, bans entry of individuals from seven Muslim-majority countries (Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Yemen). Furthermore, it aims to punish cities who pledge to provide sanctuary and protection to undocumented immigrants, increase resources to carry out mass immigration enforcement and deportation on the national and local level and construct a border wall.

As a community organization serving the Filipino immigrant community in Southern California, we stand in solidarity with the thousands of advocates, community groups and organizations, elected officials and majority of the American public in denouncing these orders which have already resulted in human rights violations this past weekend. Hundreds of individuals were illegally detained in various major airports throughout the country,  prevented from boarding the plane headed for the U.S., and prevented from receiving legal counsel. Many were legal permanent residents.

The recent pronouncements made by President Trump only promotes and legitimizes irrational acts of hate, violence, discrimination, bullying and harassment of our communities.

Our communities continue to suffer from harmful mischaracterizations that portray us as threats to the economy, national security and public safety of the country. We are witnessing the detrimental impacts these have on our children. Discriminatory, xenophobic, and unjust policies and laws targeting immigrants, refugees and Muslims in the United States are not new. They have historically been used as weapons to divide our communities and distract us from the real threats–those who are responsible for and benefit from the systematic oppression of our Black, Brown and poor, working class communities.

We oppose the impending mass deportation of thousands of undocumented immigrants that will break apart thousands of families, leaving children without their parents. They are not criminals but a resilient and courageous people who have experienced great sacrifices to keep their families alive.

We are against the policing of our communities and demand that the planned increased resources for immigration enforcement must be re-directed towards education, health care and other severely underfunded social services.

We believe in respecting the rights and humanity of all people regardless of religion, national origin, legal status, race, ethnicity and gender.
The Filipino Migrant Center is committed to continue providing education, resources and support to Filipino immigrant families in Southern California. We encourage members of the Filipino community to join us in raising our voices, organizing and building our collective power in solidarity with other vulnerable communities to uphold and defend the rights of all immigrant, refugee and Muslim families.

Message to our kababayan regarding the U.S. elections

Dear Kababayan,

We know that many of our fellow Filipinos, or kababayans, are worried about what can happen after the elections here in the US. Our undocumented Filipino kababayans are wondering whether they can still stay here or if they will be deported. Others are already experiencing cases of being insulted or harassed. Families are in danger of being separated.

These experiences are not new to some of us. However, the situation is more extreme these days and policies that can directly affect them might be passed in the following years. We are expecting that there will be more attacks towards the undocumented, that there will be more laws that are harmful towards workers, and that there can be an increase in cases of harassment and attacks towards our community, other migrant communities, and people of color.

We want all of you to know that Filipino Migrant Center is here for you. If you need any kind of support, resources, someone to talk to, or are concerned about your safety, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are ready to help you. If you are looking for ways to help others, you may also contact us.

We also call on everyone to support each other. At this moment, it is very important to be come together to protect our fellow Filipinos, especially undocumented who are most affected. Together, we can face any challenge hurled at our community.

Long live migrant Filipinos!

Filipino Migrant Center

Hotline: 818-519-2251
Facebook: Filipino Migrant Center

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Long Beach Filipinos support $15 minimum wage and protections against wage theft

WITH over 30,000 Filipinos living in Long Beach, conversations about raising the minimum wage and wage enforcement in the city are important issues to the Filipino community.

Most Filipinos in Long Beach have settled in Westside Long Beach, an area tucked in between the 710 freeway and the bustling Port of Long Beach. Filipinos living in Westside Long Beach largely work low-wage jobs in the health and service industries. Raising the minimum wage would undoubtedly create a positive impact in the Filipino community.

According to data from Long Beach Rising: A City that Works for Everyone by the Economic Roundtable, raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour would affect 17,000 Long Beach residents who work in the city. An increase in wages would help nearly over 6,500 Long Beach workers rise out of poverty by 2020. In addition to providing a living wage for residents working in the city, the minimum wage policy should include earned paid sick days so workers do not have to make the choice between going to work sick or staying home and not getting paid. Workers should also receive stronger protection against wage theft, which includes being underpaid and being denied overtime or breaks.

In November 2015, the Filipino Migrant Center surveyed 110 Westside Long Beach residents about raising the minimum wage in Long Beach and their experiences with wage theft. Of the residents surveyed, 96 percent support the raising the minimum wage in Long Beach.

More than half of residents (62 percent) shared experiencing at least one form of wage theft, including being underpaid, denied breaks, and working overtime without pay. Respondents working as caregivers, restaurant servers, and health care workers shared personal experiences with wage theft. 41 percent of residents reported knowing someone who has experienced wage theft.

The high percentage of respondents stating they have experienced wage theft is not surprising.  Filipino immigrants and migrant workers working low-wage service jobs are some of the most vulnerable to exploitation in the workplace. Long Beach Filipino residents were overwhelmingly supportive of passing a policy to protect workers from wage theft.

As part of the Coalition to End Wage Theft and the Raise the Wage Coalition, the Filipino Migrant Center has been working collaboratively with other community organizations and members in a growing movement to end wage theft and raise the wage in Long Beach. We believe that all workers in Long Beach deserve better. As a part of a vibrant Filipino community, we must empower workers and uplift communities by passing a policy in Long Beach for a living wage, strong wage enforcement, guaranteed paid sick days, and no exemptions. Our families are depending on it.

Joanna Concepcion is the Executive Director of the Filipino Migrant Center, a non-profit organization based in Long Beach, California that serves Filipinos throughout Southern California and addresses the issues and concerns they face in their daily lives. n

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Joanna Concepcion is the executive director of the Filipino Migrant Center, a non-profit organization based in Long Beach, California that serves Filipinos throughout Southern California and addresses issues and concerns they face in their daily lives.

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