Sunday, March 15, 2009

"Plight of a Filipino family

"In all outward respects, there is nothing to tell this family apart from others in Warabi, Saitama Prefecture. The 36-year-old father is highly regarded by his employer. The company specializes in interior demolition work. He is now expected to teach younger colleagues the tricks of the trade. His 38-year-old wife is a full-time homemaker and their 13-year-old daughter is a first-year junior high school student. Her passion is music club activities.

"What makes this family unusual is that they are all Filipinos facing the prospect of being forced to leave this country.

"The Calderon family may be deported on March 17 because the parents of Noriko Calderon separately entered Japan on fake passports in the early 1990s.

"In 2006, Noriko's mother was arrested and convicted of residing in Japan illegally but let off with a suspended sentence. Last September, a Supreme Court ruling finalized the deportation of the entire family.

"The justice minister is authorized to grant special residence permits to foreign nationals facing deportation for reasons related to their family circumstances or on humanitarian considerations. The Filipino family's request for such permits has been turned down.

"The Justice Ministry argues that both parents unlawfully entered Japan through devious means. Although the family members have lived in Japan for more than 10 years, the ministry insists on taking a hard-line stance as a warning to other foreign nationals staying illegally in this country. The ministry also points out that the decision to deport the family is backed up by a court ruling.

"The ministry's argument is sound from a purely judicial point of view. But that doesn't offer justification for disregarding the well-being of a child.

"Noriko Calderon was born and raised in Japan. She understands only Japanese. "My homeland is Japan. I don't want to part from my parents or friends," she said. By any measure, she is an ordinary adolescent girl.

"In similar cases in the past, however, special residence permits were granted to families of illegal foreign residents with children of junior high school age or older.

"The Justice Ministry, however, insists the Calderon family doesn't fall under this category because Noriko was an elementary school student when the government decided on deportation. She entered junior high school while the family was fighting the deportation order in court. Under this line of thinking, granting special permits to the family would be unfair when considering other illegal foreign residents who returned to their home countries immediately after deportation decisions were handed down. But is this a convincing explanation?

"The ministry has offered to give a residence permit only to the daughter under the assumption that she would live with a relative living nearby. It plans to allow her parents to re-enter Japan to see her periodically. If the ministry is ready to take such steps for the welfare of the girl, is it impossible for Justice Minister Eisuke Mori to grant special permits to the entire family?

"It is hard to think of any reason to believe that doing so would be detrimental to Japanese society in any way.

"Some 20,000 people, including her school friends and neighbors, have signed a petition calling on the authorities to allow the family to remain in Japan. The Warabi municipal assembly has adopted a statement calling for special residence permits for the family to ensure the girl continues to grow and study in this country.

"The family has already been accepted by the local community. They have made a sufficient contribution to their workplace and the local community. The girl will grow to be an adult who supports Japanese society.

"An estimated 110,000 foreign nationals reside in Japan illegally. Many of them have already been integrated into Japanese society and would find it difficult to make a livelihood in their home countries. About 10,000 such people are granted special residence permits every year.

"Foreign nationals play various important roles in Japanese society. There will be many more cases similar to that of the Calderon family. The question is whether the current immigration control system is capable of dealing with such cases in an appropriate way. The government should consider creating a screening system that ensures swift relief for illegal foreign residents who deserve to be accepted as legitimate members of Japanese society."

By Editorial (Asahi Shimbun, 3/12/2009), Link to article (last visited 3/15/2009)

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

こんにちはに 全く日本のものであるに ある男性の単なるアドバイス 誰には妻あるいはここでアドレス段階1Block 18を持つフィリピンのガールフレンドのイーストウッドGreenview Subdがいるか。 サンイシドロ・モンタルバン・ロドリゲス・リサール、あなたの妻あるいはガールフレンドを調査してください 多分、彼女が誰かを持っているかあるいは、filipinoを節約する 単にjapaneseに関係がある その 親切であるように思われる

Anonymous said...

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