(Video clip courtesy of 9News Philippines)
On the height of the controversy involving the immigration policy of US President Barack Obama, Tau Kappan brother, Atty. Flomy J. Diza was asked via a live TV phone-patched interview by the news anchor of 9News Philippines’ segment, Newsday about the impact of such policy on undocumented immigrants in the United States specifically the Filipinos.
President Obama earlier announced an executive action to solve some immigration issues and the third one, which he said “generates the most passion and controversy,” offers undocumented immigrants who have been in US soil for five (5) years or have children who are American citizens or legal residents, and complied with and passed other requirements, a chance to be able “to stay in this country temporarily, without fear of deportation” and that they “can come out of the shadows and get right with the law.”
When asked about this Obama broadcast, Brod Flomy replied that they were “ecstatic in the immigration community” about this new development of granting work authorization to illegal immigrants who have stayed in the US for five years. As to the question of what undocumented but qualified Filipino immigrants should do to be able to reap its benefits, brod Flomy answered that there is a need to wait for the finalized policy. He pointed out that what the policy basically means is that if such immigrants have children who are born in the US or are American citizens, they may be qualified to pass an application for work authorization, work legally or possibly go back home. He agreed with President Obama that this is just a temporary solution and it is upon Congress to pass a law to make it permanent. He also emphasized that although immigration is a Federal concern the US President has the power to do what he has announced like what he did with “Dreamer’s [parents%