The Huffington Post reports that Filipino American veterans separated from their families may finally be reunited with loved ones under a new immigration policy announced by the Obama administration.
The State Department will work with the Department of Homeland Security to allow family members of veterans to come on a case by case basis–a policy that could significantly cut the 20-year wait time for many immigrants.
“These are people who are eligible for an immigration visa by virtue of their U.S. citizen family member, who also happens to be a veteran who served in the second world war,” a White House official said. “But because the family immigration system is so backlogged, it can take decades for them to actually get a visa.”
About 6-thousand veterans who subsequently became American citizens are believed to be still alive.
The new policy has been a long time coming. You can read more about that in the Huffington Post.