New policy gives Filipino ‘TNTs’ a welcome break


US President Barack Obama’s immigration order will also protect thousands of Filipinos from deportation, Malacañang said on Friday.

“I do not have the count currently. But you are talking about undocumented migrants in the United States. I don’t have the figure at the top of my head but we all have relatives I suppose in the United States and friends and perhaps thousands of them will benefit from the executive action taken by the Obama administration,” Palace deputy spokesman Abigail Valte said.

The Department of Foreign Affairs estimates that there are from 150,000 to 200,000 irregular or undocumented Filipinos in the US, known as “TNTs,” an abbreviation of the Filipino term “tago ng tago,” meaning perpetually hiding.


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  1. Carlo Adan really means the US will join the rest of the world in shared values, and not become increasingly seperated.

  2. In this and many other ways, US President Obama has been more beneficial to Filipinos than any Republican president including Reagan.
    Obama is working to destroy the USA as envisioned by its mainly WASP and God-oriented founding fathers.
    The resulting USA would be one that China, Russia, the Islamic State and your Columnist Tiglao might like better .
    Some scholars and political analysts think the result will be the disappearance of the USA as the American Union but its fragmentation into several countries.