Hawaii's Filipino WWII Veterans Raise Hopes For Family Reunification

Office of Sen. Mazie Hirono

After years of waiting, Hawaii's Filipino World War II veterans like 89-year-old Artemio Caleda are again raising their hopes for a change in immigration law that would make it easier to bring their relatives to be near them in their old age.

With both champions of this issue, former Sens. Daniel Inouye and Daniel Akaka, no longer in Congress, Sen. Mazie Hirono and Rep. Colleen Hanabusa on Tuesday introduced measures in both chambers that could pave the way for the veterans to be reunited with their families.

Hirono, in an interview, said she’s spoken with members of a bipartisan group of senators working on an immigration proposal about including the provision and she’s hopeful it will be an aspect of any package that's passed. She was unsure, however, how it will fare in the Republican House.

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