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05/05/2015: Invitation: Deferred Action for the Filipino Community

The Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C. wishes to invite all interested parties to attend a forum on June 19, 2015 at the Fil-Am Multicultural Center in Oxon Hill, Maryland to discuss the Obama Administration’s executive actions on immigration, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) programs, and their impact in our community.

It is estimated that there are approximately 270,000 eligible individuals for the expanded DACA, while the number for those who may fit the criteria for DAPA is 4 million.  While USCIS data shows the Philippines as the 10th largest filing country with approximately 6,500 DACA applications submitted since 2012, the figure is a small fraction of the estimated 15,000 to 20,000 Filipinos, who are DACA-eligible.  Among the issues that panelists hope to tackle are the reasons for the low DACA availment rate by Filipinos, the accompanying benefits for qualified applicants, and developments pertaining to the ruling last February by a U.S. federal judge in Texas that temporarily blocked President Obama’s immigration program.

The event is co-organized by Service Employees International Union, iAmerica, BB&T, and the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), AFL-CIO.  Interested parties are requested to RSVP at consular@philippinesusa.org by June 17, 2015.