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State Whistleblowers and Filipino Veteran Pensions

New America Now, Audio, Odette Keeley Posted: Dec 18, 2009

Editor's Note: Odette Keeley, news anchor for "Stories From The Ethnic Media" on NAM's radio program, "New America Now" on 91.7 FM KALW, talks to ethnic media professionals about their outlets' news headlines and their take on the news of the day.

This week on "stories from the ethnic media": a new Arizona law requires state employees to blow the whistle on the undocumented, and the stimulus bill is an unlikely source for pensions for Filipino veterans.



Ethnic media journalists are tracking grants for their communities from the $787 billion stimulus package through a fellowship organized by New America Media. Cristina Pastor, Managing Editor for Philippine News, is focusing on a special allocation of the stimulus money: Pension funds for Filipino World War II veterans. Almost $200,000,000 will go to these veterans who have waited more than sixty years for their pensions.
and; In Arizona, undocumented immigrants are alarmed about a new law requiring state employees to be whistle blowers. Last month, HB 2008 was passed. This law requires state employees to report to immigration authorities undocumented residents who are applying for federal and state benefits. But as freelance journalist Valeria Fernandez explains, local authorities aren't clear which benefits and services fall under this new law.




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