Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Statement On Family Reunification for Filipino WWII Veterans
Washington, DC—Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) released the statement below today after the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced the implementation of the Filipino World War II Veterans Parole (FWVP) program. The program will offer certain beneficiaries an opportunity to seek parole and come to the United States to be reunited with their family members. The parole application process will open to eligible applicants in June.
“More than 200,000 Filipino and Filipino-American soldiers fought alongside U.S. forces during WWII. These loyal and courageous soldiers suffered, fought, and sacrificed alongside their American counterparts throughout the war. Yet decades later, these veterans and their families in Hawaii and across the country are still waiting to be reunited with their loved ones. Many of the veterans I’ve talked with have waited 20 years or more for a brother, sister, or other family member to go through the immigration application process. Now in their late 80s or older, they cannot afford to wait any longer. This program recognizes and honors the service of our Filipino WWII Veterans, and allows them and their families to be together while their immigration applications are processed.”
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is an original cosponsor of H.R.483, the Filipino Veterans Family Reunification Act, which would expedite the visa process for children of Filipino WWII veterans. She has also introduced H.R. 2737, legislation to award Filipino WWII veterans the Congressional Gold Medal. H.R. 2737 currently has 94 cosponsors in the House, and is partnered with S.1555 in the U.S. Senate.