This photo was shared during yesterday’s Twitter chat. In the photo is Mr. Almeda, a Filipino World War II veteran, Senator Mazie Hirono, and Almeda’s daughter who has been waiting to become a citizen. After the war, Filipinos who served in the U.S. military were granted citizenship, but many of their children, like Mr. Almeda’s daughter, have been waiting to join their fathers as U.S. citizens.
This photo was taken after Hirono’s amendment to the immigration reform bill to speed up the process for veterans’ families passed in the Judiciary Committee.
Also: super big thanks to everyone who came through for our Twitter chat. #18MillionHearts trended for about half an hour nationally. AAPIs have digital clout, too!