Obama and his Immigration Reform
Do you know that the first Filipinos in North America landed in Morro Bay near San Luis Obispo, California in 1587? The following are historic timeliness in Philippines-American History. Note the dates are up only up to 2006. Do you know of another historic event on Filipino-American relationships from 2006 to the present? Please add your comment to the following listing.
1587, first Filipinos in North America landed in Morro Bay near San Luis Obispo, California
1763, first permanent Filipino settlements established in North America near Barataria Bay in southern Louisiana
1781, Antonio Miranda Rodriguez chosen a member of the first group of settlers to establish the City of Los Angeles, California
1898, United States annexes the Philippines
1899, Philippine-American War begins
1903, first Pensionados, Filipinos invited to attend college in the United States on American government scholarships, arrive
1906, first Filipino laborers migrate to the United States to work on the Hawaiian sugarcane and pineapple plantations, California and Washington asparagus farms, Washington lumber, Alaska salmon canneries
1920s, Filipino labor leaders organize unions and strategic strikes to improve working and living conditions
1933, California Civil Code, section 60, amended to prohibit marriages between between white persons and members of the Malay race (i.e. Filipinos). (Stats. 1933, p. 561.)
1936, Philippines becomes self-governing. Commonwealth of the Philippines inaugurated
1939, Washington Supreme Court rules unconstitutional the Anti-Alien Land Law of 1937 which banned Filipino Americans from owning land
1946, Philippines becomes independent. Republic of the Philippines inaugurated; America Is in the Heart by Carlos Bulosan published
1955, Peter Aduja becomes first Filipino American elected to office becoming a member of the Hawai'i State House of Representatives
1956, Bobby Balcena becomes first Filipino American to play Major League baseball, for the Cincinnati Reds
1965, Congress passes Immigration and Nationality Act to facilitate ease of entry for skilled Filipino laborers
1965, Delano grape strike begins when members of Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee, mostly Filipino farm workers in Delano, California walked off the farms of area table grape growers demanding wages on level with the federal minimum wage. Labor leader Philip Vera Cruz subsequently served as second vice president and on the managing board of the United Farm Workers.
1974, Benjamin Menor appointed first Filipino American in a state's highest judiciary office as Justice of the Hawaii State Supreme Court
1975, Governor John A. Burns (D-HI) convinces Benjamin J. Cayetano to run and win a seat in the Hawaii State Legislature, despite Cayetano's doubts about winning office in a white and Japanese American dominated district; Kauai's Eduardo E. Malapit elected first Filipino American mayor
1981. Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes were both assassinated on June 1, 1981 inside a Seattle downtown union hall. The late Philippine Dictator Ferdinand Marcos hired gunmen to murder both ILWU Local 37 officers to silence the growing movement in the United States opposing the dictatorship in the Philippines.
1987, Benjamin J. Cayetano becomes the first Filipino American and second Asian American elected Lt. Governor of a state of the Union
1990, David Mercado Valderrama becomes first Filipino American elected to a state legislature on the mainland United States serving Prince George's County in Maryland
1991, Seattle's Gene Canque Liddell becomes first Filipino American woman to be elected mayor serving the suburb of Lacey City
1992, Velma Viloria becomes first Filipino American and first Asian American elected to the Washington State Legislature
1993, Mario R. Ramil appointed Associate Justice to the Hawai'i Supreme Court, the second Filipino American to reach the court
1994, Benjamin J. Cayetano becomes the first Filipino American and second Asian American elected Governor of a state of the Union
1999, US Postal worker Joseph Ileto murdered in a hate crime by Aryan Nations member Buford Furrow
2000, Robert Bunda elected Hawai'i Senate President and Simeon R. Acoba, Jr. appointed Hawai'i State Supreme Court Justice
2003, Philippine Republic Act No. 9225, also known as the Citizenship Retention and Re-Acquisition Act of 2003 enacted, allowing natural-born Filipinos naturalized in the United States and their unmarried minor children to reclaim Filipino nationality and hold dual citizenship
2006, Congress passes legislation that commemorates the 100 Years of Filipino Migration to the United States
I would be delighted to see a Filipino-American in Obama's cabinet as well as in several Federal Offices in Washington, D.C soon or perhaps after the 2012 election, if he gets reelected.
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