Category Archives: Immigration

Jose Antonio Vargas, poster boy For Undocumented immigrants, U.S. Citizen For A Day!

Vargas, left, with Adobo Chronicles publisher (file photo)

NEW YORK, New York (The Adobo Chronicles, New York Bureau) – Journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner Jose Antonio Vargas proudly announced on his Facebook Page that after 28 years, he is finally a citizen of the United States of America.

Vargas is known as the poster boy of undocumented immigrants in America, after he revealed his undocumented status years ago.. He has since become a fierce advocate for millions of undocumented immigrants in America.

But alas, Vargas’ post was on April 1, April Fools Day, and after receiving praise and congratulations from thousands, including his colleagues, he sent an update revealing his true status:

Nevertheless, many continued to wish him well and expressed hope that someday, he will pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America.

Jose Antonio Vargas. U.S. citizen for a day!

DUTERTE TO BIDEN: VISITING FORCES AGREEMENT IN EXCHANGE FOR VISITING FILIPINOS AGREEMENT

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is known as a master strategist. He manages to always take the upper hand when negotiating with world leaders.

Today, Duterte sent a message to President-elect Joe Biden, proposing to permanently reinstate the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) which allows America to maintain a military presence in the Philippines, under one condition.

The condition? That the incoming Biden administration institute a new immigration policy that would grant Filipino citizens a visa-free entry to the United States.. Duterte calls it the Visiting Filipinos Agreement.

VFA to VFA!

BIDEN ADMINISTRATION FAVORS ‘NO VISA’ FOR FILIPINOS ENTERING U.S.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) – Filipinos looking to visit the United States after the coronavirus pandemic period will no longer need an entry visa, thanks to a proposal reportedly being considered by the incoming Biden administration.

A spokesperson for the President-elect said that the proposal is in recognition of the great service rendered by Filipino nurses and other healthcare workers to Americans amid the Covid-19 crisis. “They are our heroes and it is but proper to reward them for their life-saving work,” he said.

For the longest time, Filipino citizens needed a visa to enter the U.S., despite the fact that U.S. citizens enjoy a visa-free entry into the Philippines as long as they stay for no more than 30 days.

A draft of the proposal obtained by The Adobo Chronicles states that Filipino citizens will no longer be required to have a visa to visit the U.S. as long as they have a Mastercard. American Express will not be honored so Filipino tourists can leave home without it.