Filipino Migrant Center Stands with Undocumented Young People and Immigrant Families, Rejects Termination of DACA Program

Filipino Migrant Center Stands with Undocumented Young People and Immigrant Families, Rejects Termination of DACA Program

The Filipino Migrant Center (FMC) stands with the thousands of courageous undocumented young people throughout the U.S. who have been fighting for immigration relief for their families, and won the creation of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) Program in 2012 through an executive order by President Obama.

We condemn in the strongest terms the decision of the Trump administration to rescind the DACA program which has provided 800,000+ undocumented young people with temporary opportunities to work and protection from deportation. These young people have relied on DACA for the livelihood and survival of their families. They have become teachers, scientists, and leaders who have made positive contributions to our communities, and we are concerned for the severe and devastating impacts that the termination of the program will bring on the lives of our bright and talented young people.

The rescinding of DACA is a reflection of the anti-immigrant and racist character of the current administration. Despite the findings of 104 legal experts in August 2017 finding DACA as a legitimate exercise of prosecutorial discretion or executive power, the Trump administration insists on the unconstitutionality of DACA. We are angered by the lack of compassion, deliberate neglect of the human cost of immigration, and the same old rhetoric of blaming immigrants and undocumented people for the failures of our leaders to create a just economic and immigration system.

800,000+ young people have made enormous sacrifices to be able to pay and renew their DACA application and undergo extensive processes and background checks, risking coming out of the shadows for an opportunity to provide their families with a better future. We are concerned for their safety and well-being including their families as the Trump administration will continue to carry out unjust raids, arrests, detentions and deportations throughout the country, spreading fear and creating insecure communities.  

We join the nationwide movement to support undocumented young people, parents, workers, and immigrant families who are resisting and fighting for justice every day. We join the organizing efforts in California and locally in Long Beach, Carson, Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange County to end the criminalization of immigrants and undocumented people in the United States.

FMC will continue to support and organize Filipino immigrant families by providing them with education about the decision on DACA and other immigration policies that affect their lives, informing them about their rights and how to defend them. We will continue to work with community-based organizations, legal partners and supporters who are fighting for just and humane U.S. immigration system and addressing the root causes of migration.

We call on our elected officials in the state of California to pass SB54, the CA Values Act to ensure state and local enforcement agencies do not invest local resources in immigration enforcement. We also call on the Philippine government to provide concrete resources to aid its undocumented citizens, estimated at 1 million people.

We call on Filipino students, young people, educators, healthcare workers, faith leaders, and members of the Filipino community who want to lend their support and be part of the movement for immigrant rights, to contact us.

To access specific provisions of the the announcement, visit www.dhs.gov/news/2017/09/05/memorandum-rescission-daca

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Filipino Migrant Center Stands Against White Supremacy and Racism

For Immediate Release 

August 25, 2017

The Filipino Migrant Center strongly rejects the violence, domestic terrorism and hatred seen last August 12 and 13 in Charlottesville, Virginia in the largest white supremacists gathering in recent U.S. history.

We stand in solidarity with thousands of Americans in denouncing the violent  of white supremacist and hate groups that left dozens injured and one person dead. We offer our deepest condolences to the friends and family of Heather Heyer, who was killed as she protested peacefully alongside many others against racism and discrimination.  We are deeply concerned for the rise in openly racist and violent actions throughout the country since President Trump took office. We fear the current administration promotes and legitimizes irrational acts of hate, violence, discrimination, bullying and harassment of marginalized communities.

The Charlottesville events reminds us of the legacy of racism in this country when Filipino migrant workers and communities from Yakima Valley, Washington to Watsonville, California faced discrimination, racism, and violence in the 1930s by whites who threatened them with violence.

In our pursuit for justice for working class communities who suffer the most under neoliberal economic policies,  we commit to working against racism, discrimination and oppression in all forms, including the different ways it manifests within our own communities, including anti-Blackness, anti-Muslim, homophobia, and xenophobia.

We encourage members of the Filipino community to join us in raising our voices and organizing in solidarity with other vulnerable communities to uphold and defend the rights of all working class, immigrant and communities of color against white supremacy and racism.

 

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: info@filipinomigrantcenter.org

Reference: Joanna Concepcion, Executive Director joanna@filipinomigrantcenter.org

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