Political Radar


May 21st, 2013

U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono was able to add an amendment to the immigration bill that would help Filipino World War II veterans reunite with their adult children.

But the Hawaii Democrat, who serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee, was unsuccessful at adding an amendment that would free up immigration slots for siblings and adult children in cases of extreme hardship.

Immigration advocates, particularly Asian-Americans, are concerned that the bill would eliminate visas for sibling reunification, which would prevent citizens from sponsoring their brothers and sisters. The bill would also prevent citizens from sponsoring adult married children who are 31 years old or older.

According to the Huffington Post, other Democrats told Hirono that the family reunification amendment could jeopardize passage of the bill.

(U.S. Sen. Charles) Schumer and (U.S. Sen. Richard) Durbin told her they had to reluctantly oppose her attempt on Tuesday to add a change that would expand family visas so that people in extreme hardship could petition for green cards for their adult children or siblings. It failed with 7 votes in support and 11 against, including Democrats Schumer, Durbin, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), all of whom said it was a good amendment but would upset the delicate balance of the gang of eight bill.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 13 to 5 to send the immigration bill to the Senate floor.

9 Responses to “Reunite”

  1. galekaminari:

    Isn't Sen. Charles Schumer very close to Sen. Brian Schatz? One wonders just how much Sen. Schatz wanted that provision, and how much is just lip service to Hawaii's Filipinos.

  2. galekaminari:

    Isn't Sen. Charles Schumer very close to Sen. Brian Schatz? One wonders just how much Sen. Schatz wanted that provision, and how much he just delivers lip service to Hawaii's Filipinos.

  3. Manoa_Fisherman:

    If it was for Jewish WWII veterans, those folks would have passed in a flash. Schumer, Feinstein and Schatz get together for only money and support. Schatz gives lip service to the Filipinos in Hawaii. His loyalty is to the other Jews in the US Senate, not Hawaii.

  4. Gerald de Heer:

    Manoa: Your post is anti-semetic nonsense. By the way, how do you know?

  5. Goober:

    Who else would know?
    If wasn't for Missionaries
    there would be more Native Hawaiians
    that have not died from disease from those without breath.

  6. Manoa_Fisherman:

    To de Heer:
    I didn't see Schatz stand up on the floor of the Senate to demand the inclusion of the Filipino amendment. That would have been the right thing to do. Schatz is suppose to fight for the people of Hawaii. To do nothing is like asking people to cave in to political expediency. So to me, the racism you see is nothing more than the facts, nothing more and nothing less. Only anti-semetic views lies in your view of the world, not mine.

  7. Gerald de Heer:

    "His loyalty is to the other Jews in the US Senate, not Hawaii." You know who I am...who are you and how is it that you know that? Because he didn't "demand the inclusion of the Filipino amendment" that proves his loyalty and bias? You sir, are on intellectual thin ice here, and your views as expressed in your prior two posts remain anti-semetic nonsense.

  8. Auto de Fe:

    Filipino Veterans Equity Act Celebrates 20 Years of Pretending


  9. Especially Incognito:

    Filipinos did not help America against Japan.
    They only did so when Japan attacked the Philippines.
    Why would Filipinos fight in the Philippines
    except to protect their home land? Legalization to
    be American citizens. Bureaucratic Standards.
    Many Filipinos are loyal to marcos, still.

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