Sunday, October 02, 2011

Hong Kong Natives Protest Recent Immigration Ruling on Filipina Domestic Workers

Does this sound familiar to Americans?

From the Daily Tribune: Maids residency ruling sparks protest in HK
 Around 500 Hong Kong nationals yesterday rallied to protest against a landmark court ruling which could allow thousands of foreign maids the right to permanent residency.
The successful legal challenge brought by Evangeline Banao Vallejos, a Filipino domestic worker who has lived in Hong Kong since 1986, has divided opinion in the Chinese city and prompted debate over equal treatment.
The High Court last Friday ruled that immigration laws barring domestic workers — mostly from the Philippines and Indonesia — from settling permanently violated Hong Kong’s mini-constitution, known as the Basic Law.
“We don’t want (the maids) to come to Hong Kong permanently, they will take away our social benefits,” protester Dennis Leung, 38, said after the demonstrators marched through the city center to the government offices.
“We don’t think this is discrimination. We have rules, they come to Hong Kong just to make money,” said the teacher, as he chanted slogans such as “We oppose permanent residency for foreign maids” and “We are worried.”
Foreigners can apply to settle in Hong Kong after seven years of uninterrupted residency, gaining access to voting rights and the right to live in the city without a work visa. Maids were specifically excluded.
With permanent residency a domestic worker would no longer be tied to an employer, could take any job and have access to benefits such as public housing.
The government is appealing against the court ruling.
Sunday’s protest was led by the pro-government Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, which said the ruling could worsen unemployment and cost billions of dollars in social welfare spending.
The party has collected more than 90,000 signatures opposing granting foreign maids the right. Official figures showed 117,000 foreign maids are entitled to apply for permanent residency.
Take note on 2 things:

1) these filipinos migrant workers are not "undocumented" like in the U.S. They are contracted workers.

2) Hong Kong people LOVE their guest worker program because they get affordable maids from southeast asia--BUT only up to a point as the article suggests.

And I'm afraid i'd have to agree with worried hong kong natives, if you allow poor filipino guest workers to settle and bring their families to tiny Hong Kong, eventually we Filipinos will occupy and own Hong Kong.

UPDATE (1/14/13):

Why Rubio’s plan is laughably inadequate. I explain it here and here. Basically the gist is, pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens for "promises" of more secure borders--meaning, Republicans get virtually nothing from the deal and gets taken to the cleaners again like the fiscal cliff deal. Rubio's plan never even meets the minimum to credibly reduce illegal immigration in the future.