Fil-Ams set to lobby for immigration reform

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In the wake of the unveiling of an immigration policy ‘blueprint’ agreed upon by a bipartisan group of Senators, Filipino-Americans in the United States are now looking to make a strong push for immigration reform through ‘aggressive lobbying’ in Washington, DC.

Lolita Andrada Lledo of the Pilipino Workers Center told Balitang America that advocates are now planning to pay visits to lawmakers, who are in the middle of crafting and debating the legislative reform.

Lledo also said that she plans to go to the nation’s capital within the next two weeks, where she will be meeting with other groups advocating for immigration as they push for the policy reform.

According to Dr. Leo Pandac, spokesperson of the National Asian Republican Coalition, the biggest obstacle to the proposed reform lies in the House of Representatives, where a majority of seats belong to Republicans who fear the possible backlash from conservative voters in their districts.

“In their district, people are against immigration so they have to be against immigration or they’re not coming back to Congress,” said Pandac in a report by Balitang America. Read more here.