Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel Babe Romualdez said that the Filipinos are set to benefit from the immigration policies under U.S. President Joe Biden.
“One of the first things that the Biden administration would like to do is to start bringing back DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and also the other visas that will allow Filipinos to come here, to study, to work here. All of that will most likely come back,” Romualdez told ABS-CBN News.
The administration of former President Donald Trump has been challenging for immigrants and after the suspension of the issuance of nonimmigrant working visas (H-2A and H-2B) to Filipinos from January 19, 2019 to January 18, 2020.
The US Department of Homeland and Security said that the one-year ban is due to overstaying and human trafficking concerns.
Biden has vowed to restore the program DACA, which benefits some 700,000 immigrants during the Obama administration when he takes office.
“The Democratic party has always been known to believe that immigrants make a country, has made the United States, and it is so because we have a lot of Filipino-Americans here that have been successful in all the fields,” Romualdez said.
“And in fact, like what happened here during the pandemic, it was the Filipino American nurses that were really in the forefront. They were very much appreciated,” he added. (TDT)