SOME 350,000 overstaying Filipinos in the United States are facing deportation, Philippine Ambassador to Washington Jose Manuel Romualdez revealed yesterday.
In an interview on Headstart, he said “there are about 350,000 Filipinos who have been overstaying here in the United States [who] are on hold. They’re in court right now, deportation court.”
But the Ambassador explained despite the deportation cases, the Filipino community in the US has a “very good” image.
“We are known as good workers and so, quite honestly, both Democrats and the Republicans have been very kind to a certain extent to Filipinos,” Romualdez said adding “there’s very little Filipinos involved in any kind of crime.”
He noted a “good number” of Filipinos who are on the frontline of the COVID-19 response of the US “are very much appreciated.” Latest figures show the US has 10.1 million COVID infections, the highest in the world.
“When I speak with many of the US senators, both Democrats and Republicans, we don’t agree on many issues that they throw our way, but we end up agreeing on one thing: They like the Filipino community here in the United States,” he said.