26,000 Filipino nationals who fought alongside the American military during World War II were granted American citizenship in 1990. It came under an immigration law signed by then President George H.W. Bush. Yet, these American citizens can’t get green cards for their children, reports the Washington Post (file photo of wreath laying ceremony)
That’s because applications for such green cards are backlogged to 1993. These green cards are capped to 226,000 nationally and no more than seven percent can come from any one country.
The recent executive action by President Obama on immigration reform did not address this backlog.
“There is an inherent unfairness in setting people up for failure by accepting their application fees but then having them wait five, 10, 15 years before they might possibly see their family members,” said Mee Moua, Executive Director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice.
Opponents of lifting or easing the caps fear that would unleash a flood of new immigrants who would take jobs from other Americans.
The number of Filipino American veterans is dwindling as they age, with diminishing hope they will ever be reunited with their children.
You can read how many of them see this situation in the Washington Post.