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Philippines to benefit from US immigration policies under Biden — envoy

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Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel Romualdez on Thursday said the Philippines will benefit from the immigration policies under the administration of new US President Joe Biden.

Interviewed on GMA News’ Unang Balita, Romualdez said that one of the main programs of the Biden administration is to restore the previous immigration policies.

“Alam ko 'yan 'yung one of the main programs of the Biden administration is to go back to what they had, ‘yung kanilang immigration policies. So that will of course benefit our Filipino kababayans,” he said.

Romuladez said the Democratic Party, of which Biden is a member, is known for its acknowledgement of immigration as part of the culture of the US.

“Most Americans come from other parts of the world and they believe that the US is what it is today because of immigrants,” he added.

Biden will end a travel ban Trump put in place on some majority-Muslim countries.

Aside from this, he is also calling upon his administration to strengthen the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program for immigrants brought to the United States as children that prevents deportation. 

In Trump’s attempt to end DACA in 2017, around 300,000 Filipinos would have been affected, including those who were at risk of getting deported from the US, Romualdez said in a separate interview on ANC. — Joviland Rita/RSJ, GMA News

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