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HURRICANE ‘Harvey’ shifted the flood of Trump tweets from closing borders to opening doors. North of Houston, Dallas announced the opening of a “mega-shelter” capable of accommodating 5,000 evacuees at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center while Austin – the state’s capital – prepares for at least 7,000 flood and…

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UNTIL recently, immigration had been in President Donald Trump’s Tweeter backburner – consumed as he was in belittling Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the US presidential elections and collusion by the Trump campaign and Russia. With the raid of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s residence,…

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FOR visa watchers—those waiting for their loved ones or family members to join them after that long awaited visa interview—the priority dates for September could finally end the “daily nights of being alone, and writing or emailing” as both petitioner and beneficiary maintain a long-distance relationship. “I’ll See You in…

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WAITING for the right time to file that petition for a family member? The time has come…now, before a bill proposed by Senators Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia becomes law. The bill—‘‘Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy Act’’ or RAISE—proposes to eliminate both the employment-sponsored…

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“AMERICA First!” was the campaign slogan of US President Trump. The Republican Party which reluctantly endorsed him after a grueling, contentious, name-calling nomination campaign has embraced the slogan, if not the candidate, and now President, himself: Americans must get the jobs that foreigners are taking away from them. That campaign…

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LET’s figure it out. Because the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), the Philippine Statistics Authority and the BangkoSentral ng Pilipinashave put out separate sets of statistics for Overseas Filipino Workers, the OFW numbers vary by degrees. However, let us use the POEA figures. Overall, the total number of OFWs deployed…

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MIGRATION practitioners and stakeholders have this sinking feeling that overseas Filipinos—overseas Filipino workers (OFW) mainly—are losing their competitive edge in the world stage. The Philippines—long esteemed as the great example of labor and migrant mobility—is said to have been left behind in the international arena seeking to formulate and establish…

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“SPEAK softly and carry a big stick” was the anchor of US President Theodore Roosevelt’s foreign policy, described as “the exercise of intelligent forethought and of decisive action sufficiently far in advance of any likely crisis.” Now, 117 years after, US President Donald Trump espouses an alternative approach, “speak loudly…

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IT used to be a 90-day, or two- to three-months’, wait to get a student visa for Canada. But thanks to a pilot program launched this month for Filipino applicants, student visa applications would now seem to fly. Why is Canada the top choice of international students, particularly from Asia?…

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A WEB story ran recently (brought to my attention by a friend who was asked by his friend to have the information verified): “President Donald Trump signed an executive order allowing all Asian nationals to travel to the United States without a visa. “ The web “report” does not have…

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