New York Sen. Charles Schumer announced on June 9 that the Department of Homeland Security will allow some family members of Filipino World War II veterans to come to the U.S. as they wait for their visas to be processed.
According to a press release, family members “who are beneficiaries of approved family-based immigrant visa petitions” will be able to “seek discretionary grant of parole” on a case-by-case basis.
The initiative, entitled the “Filipino World War II Veterans Parole Program,” lets veterans and their spouses living in the U.S. request parole for family members who are waiting for their visas, to come to the U.S., to be approved.
Some 3,000 Filipino soldiers had fought in the U.S. army during WWII.
In reporting on Schumer’s announcement, The FilAm included praise from the Filipino American Democratic Club of New York on the move.
“The Filipino American Democratic Club of New York is proud to support our Senator, Charles Schumer as he announces this landmark and historic policy for Filipino WWII Veterans, finally allowing them to be reunited with their loved ones from abroad,” said Aries Dela Cruz, president of the FADCNY. “This is an example of what happens when our community comes together to demand action for our Filipino WWII veterans.”