Immigration

B.C. politician says case of workers facing deportation shows need for oversight

VANCOUVER — The case of a young family facing deportation due to an error on their paperwork highlights the need for greater provincial oversight of temporary foreign workers, says a member of British Columbia’s Opposition New Democrats. Honorato Peralta and Vanessa Tamondong arrived in Canada from the Philippines in 2009 under the temporary foreign worker …

POEA: New Zealand set to hire Filipino workers

ZAMBOANGA CITY -– The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) announced that New Zealand is eyeing to hire Filipino workers. POEA OIC-regional director Marrieta Bellotindos said Saturday that New Zealand was in need of skilled and construction workers. Bellotindos said they were just waiting for the job order to determine the number of Filipino workers New …

Lawyers say Canada’s caregiver reforms may do more harm

Several immigration and human rights lawyers urge caregivers to be cautious in Canada’s new caregiver program, which was enacted last November 30. A positive change in the caregiver rules is that the live-in arrangement is no longer imposed but is optional for the caregivers and their employers. Through this, caregivers may be better protected from …

Canada includes Pinoy lolo among its favorite crossing guards

Peter Atienza, 76 years old, has been named as one of Canada’s “Favorite Crossing Guards” awardees this year. Atienza will receive cash, a plaque and a winter coat. Atienza has been assisting Oriole Park Public School students in safely crossing the street for five years now. He is on duty twice a day, for 45 …

Family grieves over slain TFW Evelyn Castillo; asserts she is not a prostitute

MANILA, PHILIPPINES — Evelyn Castillo, a 43-year-old Filipina temporary worker, was found unconscious by emergency respondents after a single-room fire incident at the Quality Inn in Mississauga, Canada last October. She was rushed to the hospital but was later on pronounced dead. Police held the fire incident suspicious and suspected foul play. Autopsy results soon …

Tiny republic urges Canada stand up to China

KOROR CITY, Palau — Thirteen years ago, a small, bearded man was tossed into the notorious Guantanamo Bay prison on suspicions of terrorism. He was eventually declared a non-enemy combatant and given refuge in a glittering island nation in the North Pacific — but he has been longing for a permanent home in a country …

Freighter with 700 migrants being towed to Crete

IERAPETRA, Greece — Local authorities and Red Cross volunteers on Crete were racing Wednesday to prepare shelter and food for hundreds of immigrants on a crippled freighter being slowly towed to safety by a Greek navy frigate, a rescue effort hampered by gale-force winds and high waves. A day after it suffered engine failure in …

Obama defends moves on immigration

HENDERSON, Nevada — President Barack Obama is dismissing criticism that he overstepped his authority by acting unilaterally to shield millions of immigrants from the threat of deportation. Obama says in an interview broadcast nationally Sunday that presidents use “prosecutorial discretion” all the time. He says it was important to prioritize the deportation of criminals and …

Obama immigration plan good, not great for economy

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s expansive executive action on immigration is good for the U.S. economy – just not as good as partnering with Congress on broader reforms. The executive order signed Friday would prevent the deportation of about 4 million parents and guardians who lack the same legal status as their children. By gaining …

PHL embassy, consulates in US to aid illegal Filipinos to avail Obama’s immigration relief

MANILA — Philippine diplomatic posts in the United States are prepared to assist undocumented Filipinos on how they could apply for protection under a new immigration reform policy that was announced by President Barack Obama on Thursday, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Friday. “We welcome the recent announcement of President Obama granting immigration …

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