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Undocumented in a pandemic: Thousands of Filipinos in UK suffer in silence over COVID-19

Apr 24, 2020 - 12:00 PM

Advocates and lobbyists urge the UK government to now grant legal status to all undocumented migrants and refugees

Photos courtesy of Kanlungan Filipino Consortium

Nearly 400,000 undocumented OFWs warned of Malaysia crackdown

Aug 30, 2018 - 10:13 PM

'We request our kababayans to exercise due prudence and to ensure they carry their legal documents at all times,' says Ambassador Charles Jose

MALAYSIA CRACKDOWN. Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia Charles Jose warns undocumented Filipinos about Malaysia's crackdown beginning August 31, 2018. File photo courtesy of Philippine embassy in Malaysia

Trump proposes U.S. citizenship plan for 1.8M undocumented immigrants

Jan 26, 2018 - 9:16 AM

US President Donald Trump's comprehensive plan would require Congress to budget $25 billion for a 'trust fund' for constructing a wall on the US-Mexico border – a major plank of Trump's White House campaign

PH welcomes Saudi Arabia's extended amnesty program

Sep 24, 2017 - 2:51 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says the extension will benefit at least 6,000 undocumented Filipinos

Anxiety, tears, and prayers in California's immigrant community

Feb 26, 2017 - 11:15 PM

Undocumented immigrants pray for a miracle after US President Donald Trump s administration announced a sweeping deportation plan

Emilio Lopez, wife Prudencia and grandson Esteban, 3, talk about challenges they face because of steps taken by US President Donald Trump to drastically increase deportations, at the TODEC (Training Occupational Development Educating Communities) on February 24, 2017 in Coachella, California. TODEC helps immigrants apply for citizenship and holds a workshop on legal issues for undocumented immigrants. / AFP PHOTO / DAVID MCNEW

Undocumented migrant workers: Hidden and helpless in ASEAN

Feb 12, 2017 - 11:30 AM

PART 1: Despite ASEAN s decade long intention to protect migrant workers in the region nothing has been done for the undocumented labor migrants who continue to endure hardships in silence

HELPLESS IN ASEAN. Undocumented migrant workers in ASEAN, contributing to their host countries in the region, remain unprotected and neglected.

Fil-Am leader hits Duterte for not helping undocumented OFWs

Feb 06, 2017 - 9:00 PM

President Duterte marami sa mga undocumented dito sa Amerika sumuporta sa yo says Filipino American leader Lolita Lledo

HELP OFWS. Lolita Lledo, associate director of the Pilipino Workers Center in Los Angeles, criticizes Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte for saying he will 'not lift a finger' to help undocumented Filipinos in the US. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Part 2: An OFW's special London Christmas with her daughter

Dec 31, 2016 - 7:40 AM

Undocumented migrant Regie Laborce had to send her two year old daughter back to the Philippines from the UK for practical reasons After obtaining legal status she brings back 19 year old Gienell to the land of their dreams

REUNITED. Mother and daughter spend  Christmas together in London

Part 1: An undocumented OFW’s most awaited Christmas

Dec 31, 2016 - 12:09 AM

Regina Laborce came to the UK in 1997 with a tourist visa and worked as an undocumented domestic helper for 14 years before she got to see her daughter again

Brazil: 19 migrants feared drowned off Bahamas

Dec 27, 2016 - 12:55 PM

The migrants families have not heard from them since November 6 according to Brazil s foreign ministry

Advocates vow to stand vs U.S. anti-immigrant policies

Dec 06, 2016 - 6:30 PM

Fil Ams say they won t be intimidated as they vow to forge onward in their campaign to protect the disenfranchised

Duterte: I trust Trump will be fair to immigrants

Nov 15, 2016 - 10:10 PM

But Duterte also says I cannot talk for the illegals because whether President Trump or anybody else for that matter an illegal is always an illegal

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Nov 14, 2016 - 2:06 PM

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Trump vows to immediately deport up to 3M immigrants

Nov 14, 2016 - 12:50 AM

What we are going to do is get the people that are criminal gang members drug dealers we are getting them out of our country says US President elect Donald Trump

(FILES) This file photo taken on November 9, 2016 shows President-elect Donald Trump speaking during election night at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York. Donald Trump will keep his vow to deport millions of undocumented migrants from the United States, he said in an interview to be broadcast November 13, 2016, saying as many as three million could be removed after he takes office. "What we are going to do is get the people that are criminal and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers, where a lot of these people, probably two million, it could be even three million, we are getting them out of our country or we are going to incarcerate," Trump said in an excerpt released ahead of broadcast by CBS's 60 Minutes program.  / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN

Duterte urged: Help 200,000 undocumented OFWs in China

Oct 24, 2016 - 7:30 PM

Most of these undocumented OFWs are working as household workers and private tutors says ACTS OFW Representative John Bertiz

HELP OFWS. ACTS-OFW Representative John Bertiz (far left) wants President Rodrigo Duterte to help undocumented OFWs in China. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Aquino and the continuing plight of OFWs

Jun 16, 2016 - 9:00 AM

President Benigno Aquino III promised OFWs that at the end of his administration working abroad will be a choice rather than a necessity Did he deliver?

How did President Benigno Aquino III address the needs of overseas Filipino workers in the past 6 years? Photo of Aquino by the Malacañang Photo Bureau, photo of OFWs by AFP

Binay returns from UAE trip with 5 abused OFWs

Jan 15, 2016 - 4:31 PM

UPDATED Vice President Jejomar Binay says he with help from friends and supporters shouldered the cost of the OFWs plane tickets back to the Philippines

FREE TRIP BACK HOME. Vice President Jejomar Binay is pictured with the 5 undocumented and abused OFWs in Dubai whose return tickets he and supporters paid for. Photo from the Office of the Vice President

White house honors undocumented Filipino teacher

Sep 02, 2015 - 7:45 PM

Originally from Bacolod City Jaime Ballesteros moved to New Jersey when he was 11 and joined Teach for America after college

December 31 deadline for Bahrain OFW amnesty applicants

Aug 15, 2015 - 4:30 PM

The Philippine embassy in Manama Bahrain is assisting overseas Filipino workers applying for Bahrain s amnesty program

Donald Trump exposes fans' bigotry

Jul 25, 2015 - 8:16 PM

They are people dear to me for their loyalty and sincerity What I don t love is their bigotry

epa04803127 US businessman Donald Trump gestures after announcing that he is running to be president of the United States during an event at Trump Tower in New York, New York, USA, 16 June 2015. Real estate mogul and reality television star Donald Trump said he is running for US president. Trump, who has toyed with seeking the nation's highest elected office for years, dismissed the 11 other Republican candidates seeking the centre-right party's nomination for the 2016 presidential elections by declaring that politicians cannot solve the US' economic problems. Trump is the 12th candidate for the Republican nomination and despite his widespread name recognition is not considered a serious contender by political observers. EPA/JUSTIN LANE

Alternative learning in Sabah: Giving hope to undocumented Pinoy kids

Dec 25, 2014 - 4:23 PM

Thanks to Alternative Learning Centers undocumented Pinoy kids in Sabah now have a shot at a brighter future

EARLY FOR CLASS. ALC students line-up for the flag ceremony. Photo by Carol Ramoran

Obama deportation shield, Syria air strikes, Ferguson cop | The wRap

Nov 26, 2014 - 9:00 PM

About 40 thousand Filipinos are eligible for US President Obama’s deportation shield Syria fires air strikes at ISIS capital Raqa leaving 63 dead The Ferguson cop who killed a black teen says his conscience is clear

Jose Antonio Vargas: ‘I can now go back and see my mother’

Nov 21, 2014 - 4:24 PM

Vargas missed being covered by the DACA immigration relief when it was adopted in 2012 because it provided a cut off age of 30 years old for immigrant youth to qualify He was 31 years old then

File picture taken on July 11, 2011 shows former Washington Post and San Francisco Chronicle reporter Jose Antonio Vargas at the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco, California. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Republicans to fight 'illegal' Obama immigration plan

Nov 21, 2014 - 1:44 PM

John Boehner: That s just not how our democracy works

BOEHNER. US House Speaker John Boehner. File Photo from http://boehner.house.gov/

Obama bares executive action on immigration

Nov 21, 2014 - 10:06 AM

UPDATED The immigration plan which the US President says is lawful is expected to shield from deportation up to 5 million of the estimated 11 million undocumented migrants in the US

EXECUTIVE POWER. Obama renewes his vow to use his executive powers to make changes to the immigration system – unless Republicans approve legislation by the end of the year. File photo by AFP/Saul Loeb

Undocumented Filipino teachers in US asked to come forward

Oct 23, 2014 - 4:06 PM

The Philippine embassy in the US vows to pin down an illegal recruiter who had victimized 1 000 Filipino teachers from 2003 to 2007

Vargas, undocumented immigrants launch new campaign

Aug 21, 2014 - 9:11 PM

Vargas and the other applicants are not qualified for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals DACA

File picture taken on July 11, 2011 shows former Washington Post and San Francisco Chronicle reporter Jose Antonio Vargas at the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco, California. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Undocumented youth in NY urged: apply for deportation deferrals

Jul 23, 2014 - 7:46 AM

Out of 3 874 Filipinos who applied for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals DACA in 2013 3 489 have been approved for the program

#TalkThursday: On undocumented Filipinos in the US

Jul 03, 2014 - 4:15 PM

Rappler talks to Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas immigration lawyer Rio Guerrero and TED Aspire speaker and young undocumented Filipino American Akiko Aspillaga

#Documented: Rappler Hangout with Jose Antonio Vargas

Jul 03, 2014 - 8:01 AM

Rappler will talk to Jose Antonio Vargas along with other leaders of the US immigration reform movement on July 3 at 8 am Manila time 8 pm July 2 in New York

An uncertain future for undocumented Fil-Am

Jul 01, 2014 - 11:52 PM

Ronquillo likens the discovery of his undocumented status in the US to being a mutant in X Men

Young Fil-Am shares life as undocumented immigrant on TedTalks

Jun 28, 2014 - 11:38 PM

Young Fil Am Akiko Aspillaga shares her life story as a young undocumented immigrant Imagine missing home but never knowing when you can ever return

Out of status: Living illegally in the US

May 03, 2014 - 10:00 AM

My husband and I were both on tourist visas with no intention of returning to the Philippines in other words we were going to be TNTs

BI: Financial proof not requisite for travel abroad

Mar 15, 2014 - 3:44 PM

Travelers will only be asked to present additional supporting documents if circumstances appear to be inconsistent with the declared purpose of the trips

RIGHT TO TRAVEL. The Bureau of Immigration clarified guidelines on the need to prove financial capability before being allowed to travel abroad. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Brace for Malaysia crackdown, OFWs warned

Jan 16, 2014 - 12:11 PM

Based on government estimates the crackdown will affect 6 out of 10 Filipinos in Malaysia

#BalikBayan 2013: Stories from the diaspora

Jan 04, 2014 - 12:43 PM

BalikBayan remembers 10 stories about how Filipinos shaped the world in 2013

Undocumented immigrant earns California law license

Jan 03, 2014 - 4:36 PM

This comes two years after a similar case in New York Will this begin a state to state battle to allow undocumented immigrants the license to practice law?

PH seeks reprieve for illegal Saudi workers

Oct 30, 2013 - 1:54 PM

For the second time the Philippines asks Saudi Arabia to extend its deadline for illegal Filipino workers to legalize their status

DEADLINE NEAR. Foreign illegal laborers wait in a queue at the Saudi immigration offices at al-Isha quarter in al-Khazan district west of Riyadh on June 30, 2013. Photo by AFP/Fayez Nureldine

PH braces for Saudi sanctions vs illegal workers

Oct 29, 2013 - 8:03 PM

Philippine officials fly to Saudi to assist almost 5 000 illegal Filipino workers who face imprisonment

Saudi deadline near; 5k Pinoys not repatriated

Oct 17, 2013 - 3:56 PM

Two weeks before the deadline the Philippines repatriates only 4 000 from Saudi

BEATING DEADLINE. Foreign illegal laborers wait in a long queue outside the Saudi immigration offices at the Al-Isha quarter of the Al-Khazan district, west of Riyadh, on May 28. File photo from AFP/Fayez Nureldine

'Go home': Is UK ad vs undocumented immigrants racist?

Sep 21, 2013 - 1:44 AM

The UK’s border agency deploys around London vans with billboards that say Go home or face arrest in a bid to flush out overstaying and undocumented immigrants

Screen grab from UK Home Office official Youtube channel

PH fears it won't meet Saudi deadline

Aug 09, 2013 - 1:27 PM

The DFA writes the Saudi s Foreign Ministry to speed up the processing of papers for undocumented Filipino workers

DEADLINE EXTENDED. Foreign illegal laborers wait in a long queue outside the Saudi immigration offices at the Al-Isha quarter of the Al-Khazan district, west of Riyadh, on May 28. File photo from AFP/Fayez Nureldine

DFA warns OFWs in Saudi 'arson attempt'

Jul 26, 2013 - 4:35 PM

Violence will not solve the problem the DFA tells OFWs who planned to burn the Philippines Saudi consulate

July 7 deadline holds for undocumented kids in Saudi

Jul 03, 2013 - 9:04 PM

The process of fixing their papers is different from the one covered by the grace period for undocumented workers who want to be repatriated

CAMP SITE. Overseas Filipino workers set up camp outside the Philippine consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. File photo by Migrante-Jeddah.

Saudi extends deadline for illegal workers

Jul 02, 2013 - 2:32 PM

2nd UPDATE The Philippines advises undocumented Filipino workers in Saudi to take advantage of the extended grace period

DEADLINE LOOMING. Foreign illegal laborers wait in a long queue outside the Saudi immigration offices at the Al-Isha quarter of the Al-Khazan district, west of Riyadh, on May 28, 2013. AFP /Fayez Nureldine

US Senate passes historic immigration bill

Jun 28, 2013 - 4:31 AM

UPDATE The United States senate passes comprehensive immigration reform bill 68 32

Immigrants wait for their citizenship interviews at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), district office on January 29, 2013 in New York City. John Moore/Getty Images/AFP

Pinoy films 'undocumented immigrant' story

Jun 22, 2013 - 7:50 PM

Filipino jounalist Jose Antonio Vargas film about undocumented Americans debuts in a US documentary festival

DOCUMENTED. Cesar Vargas, Jose Antonio Vargas, and Craig Newmark attend #UndocumentedNYC. Photo by Donald Bowers/Getty Images/AFP

PH consulate offers shelter for Pinoys in Jeddah

Apr 24, 2013 - 6:45 PM

The shelters include two tents inside the Consulate a Saudi businessman s housing compound and a school gym

CAMP SITE. Overseas Filipino workers set up camp outside the Philippine Embassy in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Photo by Migrante-Jeddah.

PH asks Saudi to waive fees for undocumented OFWs

Apr 20, 2013 - 9:17 AM

DFA urges Pinoys in Jeddah camp site to go home

CAMP SITE. Overseas Filipino workers set up camp outside the Philippine Embassy in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Photo by Migrante-Jeddah.

DFA appeals to OFWs in Jeddah camp site

Apr 17, 2013 - 10:43 AM

About 1 450 Filipinos have set up camp outside the Philippine Embassy in Jeddah Migrante says

CAMP SITE. Overseas Filipino workers se up camp outside the Philippine Embassy in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Photo by Migrante-Jeddah.