Volume 2

Moral Responsibility to Filipino Amerasians: Potential Immigration and Child Support Alternatives

by Elizabeth Kolby

Filipino Amerasian children, because they are biracial and also often the illegitimate children of prostitutes, are subjected to dire economic circumstances and social discrimination in the Philippines. In this Comment, the author argues that the United States owes a moral responsibility to these Filipino Amerasian children, arising from the U.S. military’s role in perpetuating the prostitution industry that existed near U.S. military bases in the Philippines. In response to the Filipino Amerasian situation, this Comment proposes several possible U.S. responses. The author proposes a legislative solution through the extension of an immigration preference to Filipino Amerasian children to enable them to come to the United States. The author also examines non-legal alternatives, in the form of facilitating or providing child support and other financial assistance and aiding Filipino Amerasian children in identifying their American fathers.

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June 2011

Volume 18

Volume 18 was produced during the 2010-2011 school year.


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