This bill was is to amend Title 38 of the United States Code to grant citizenship to Filipinos Americans who have completed an enlistment in the American Armed Forces , alternative versions of this bill was granted to other foreign nationals under the same situation. There has been of these bills trying to pass through but died until 1993 it was brought back up nearly every session of Congress. The most recent version of the bill was introduced in the House of Representatives in 2007 is in committee and has been scheduled for debate. If it does not pass by the end of 2008 it will also die as well even if there are no votes.
Why? Because Filipinos have fought as members of the American armed forces for over a century. This was limited to U.S. nationals. Filipinos that had emigrated to the U.S. under a special occasion from the Base Agreement between the U.S. and the Republic of the Philippines, which allowed the U.S. to construct bases and station troops in the host country, and people of Filipino decent were able to enlist in the U.S. army. This was an uncommon situation, under normal circumstances foreign nationals couldn’t enlist in the U.S. armed forces unless they were resident aliens of the United States. Since Filipino enlistees are neither U.S. nationals nor resident aliens, they were not granted any citizenship upon completion of their first enlistment, and were limited to fewer benefits. Some more information about the bill often pointed out that thousands of Filipinos have enlisted and ninety-percent of them chose to re-enlist, even though they’re the only non-citizen veterans that were not given any citizenship toward completion of during their enlistment. Since this bill has never made it out of committee, it is still unknown today of what arguments may be used against it.
Ron Paul speak to WWll Filipino American Veterans
Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul is scheduled to speak tonight at a rally in Las Vegas, Nevada for Philippine-American veterans who are calling for repeal of a 1946 law that blocks them from receiving compensation for their World War II service. As a companion to a House measure that seeks to repeal of the 1946 Rescission Act. The act says Philippine guerrillas who served under U.S. commanders shall not be considered active military for purposes of benefits.Rally organizers want the Department of Veterans Affairs to grant each of these World War II veterans who are U.S. citizens a one-time, $15,000 benefit as promised under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. There were more than 200,000 Filipinos who fought in the Pacific theater under U.S. command. He said there are 41,000 who applied in 2009 for payment from the Filipino Veterans Equity Compensation Fund, but the government has only allotted enough funds for 18,000.