Activist groups host forum on President Obama’s Executive Order at St. Peter’s

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The Filipino Immigrants and Workers Organizing Project (FIWOP) and the Center for Undocumented Students of St. Peter’s University hosted a forum on President Obama’s Executive Order on immigration that was announced on November 20.

President Obama extended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and expanded it to cover undocumented parents of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident called Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA).

The new executive order impacts the undocumented immigrants in a way which finally gives them access to life’s liberties.

The forum was led by Attorney Cristina Godinez, who works out of the Migrant Center of St. Francis Assisi of New York City. “The idea was to get out the most reliable and important information for the most vulnerable section of the immigrant community. And that would be the undocumented” she said.

Nina Macapinlac, of ANAKBAYAN NEW JERSEY, was one of the five speakers that sat on the panel during the forum held at Pope Lecture Hall at St. Peter’s University.

The panelists also included Anne Beryl Corotan-Naguit of NAFCON-USA, Catalina Adorno of CHOFORITOS UNITED, Chia Chia Wang ofAMERICAN FRIENDS SERVICE COMMITTEE and Attorney Godinez.

“The presence of these organizations are really crucial in protecting the rights of the community and to continue to fight for the full realization of people’s rights here” stated Macapinlac.

In a crowded room sat Rolando Lavarro, the Jersey City Council President. Like the rest, he too wanted to learn more about the changes in DACA and DAPA and to “see if the city can be supportive in some way so that the new executive action can be realized in Jersey City.”