The Filipino Immigrants and Workers Organizing Project (FIWOP) and the Center for Undocumented Students of St. Peterâ€™s University hosted a forum on President Obamaâ€™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 lifeâ€™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. â€œThe 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 undocumentedâ€ she said.
NinaÂ Macapinlac,Â 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. Peterâ€™s University.
The panelists also included Anne Beryl Corotan-Naguit ofÂ NAFCON-USA, Catalina Adorno ofÂ CHOFORITOS UNITED, Chia Chia Wang ofAMERICAN FRIENDS SERVICE COMMITTEEÂ and Attorney Godinez.
â€œThe presence of these organizations are really crucial in protecting the rights of the community and to continue to fight for the full realization of peopleâ€™s rights hereâ€ 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 â€œsee if the city can be supportive in some way so that the new executive action can be realized in Jersey City.â€