Mazie K. Hirono, senator for the State of Hawaii along with thirteen other Senate Democrats appealed to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services acting director Ken Cuccinelli. They urged him to abolish the decision of Trump’s Administration to end the Parole Program for WWII Veterans from Filipines.
As they wrote, in the past two years, the president’s administration had attacked immigrants over and over again, which led to unnecessary and harmful actions such as this one. It terminated the program that helped World War II veterans to reunite with their siblings and children.
The senator wrote that this cruel act of ending the program two years earlier was yet another broken promise to these heroes that are now in their 80s and 90s. They are denied the remedy they earned by serving the U.S. Hirono asked Cuccinelli to overturn the decision that separates veterans from their families.
To acknowledge their service to the country, the United States gave Filipino veterans citizenship — but not to their children. Since there is a large number of visa applications of Filipino immigrants, the process of reuniting the families may take over 20 years.
The mentioned FWVP program rejoins veterans with their adult children, children under 21, and spouses in the U.S. during their approval of visa for immigrants. Senator Hirono reintroduced this May bicameral and bipartisan legislation to add to the FWVP, which will rejoin veterans and their families. She did so in 113th, 114th and 115th Congress meetings and managed to add it to the bipartisan reform bill for comprehensive immigration from 2013, and it passed the Senate.
The letter she sent to Cuccinelli was signed by Jacky Rosen, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Richard Blumenthal, Brian Schatz, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Sherrod Brown, Tim Kaine, Dianne Feinstein, Catherine Cortez Masto, Tammy Duckworth and Chris Coons.