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ORGANIZATIONAL STATEMENT | NAPABA WELCOMES ANNOUNCEMENT OF FILIPINO WWII VETERANS PAROLE POLICY


Organizational Statement


For Immediate Release
May 9, 2016

                                                    For More Information, Contact:
                                                    Brett Schuster, Communications Manager
                                                    bschuster@napaba.org, 202-775-9555

NAPABA Welcomes Announcement of Filipino WWII Veterans Parole Policy

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The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) welcomes a new policy that would grant parole to families of Filipino World War II veterans. The Department of Homeland Security announced this week it will begin accepting applications on June 8, 2016, which will enable family members of these veterans to apply to come to the United States while awaiting the issuance of their visas.

“This action has been long overdue as Filipino World War II veterans have waited decades to be reunited with their families, said Jin Y. Hwang, president of NAPABA. “ The parole program would allow these veterans, many of whom are in their 80s and need care and support, to be reunited with their children. This program is an important way to honor their service.”

During World War II, more than 260,000 Filipino soldiers fought for the U.S. and were promised citizenship and benefits in honor of their service. After finally being granted eligibility for citizenship decades after their wartime service, these veterans were able to petition for family members to immigrate to the U.S. However, family visa backlogs have kept many of these families separated for more than 20 years.

For more information, the media may contact Brett Schuster, NAPABA communications manager, at 202-775-9555 or bschuster@napaba.org.

The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) is the national association of Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students. NAPABA represents the interests of approximately 50,000 attorneys and approximately 75 national, state, and local Asian Pacific American bar associations. Its members include solo practitioners, large firm lawyers, corporate counsel, legal services and non-profit attorneys, and lawyers serving at all levels of government.

NAPABA continues to be a leader in addressing civil rights issues confronting Asian Pacific American communities. Through its national network of committees and affiliates, NAPABA provides a strong voice for increased diversity of the federal and state judiciaries, advocates for equal opportunity in the workplace, works to eliminate hate crimes and anti-immigrant sentiment, and promotes the professional development of people of color in the legal profession.

To learn more about NAPABA, visit www.napaba.org, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter (@NAPABA).