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New school year, renewed hopes for Filipino kids in Israel




Life is temporarily back to normal for Israeli-born Filipino children Khean and Kathryn Esta as Tel Aviv’s immigration court has yet to decide on their deportation appeal.

For over a month now, Geraldine Esta and her children Khean, 10, and Kathryn, 5, have been fighting to remain in the Jewish state despite their illegal status.

The Esta kids have resumed their studies at Hillel School in Ramat Gan.

Israel laws prohibit migrant workers from having children. If they do, they must send their children to their home countries before their visas expire.

The fight continues though for two other Filipino families―Precy Cuenca and her learning-disabled 12-year-old son Michael who are out on bail and Bacarro couple Randy and Sheila and children Mika, 12, and Maureen, 10, all four still in detention.

Michael Cuenca (center) and his best friends are excited that they will still be together for another school year in Yehud. (UCI Facebook)

Two other overseas Filipina workers and their children have already been deported: caregiver Jocelyn de Vera and her then 11-month-old baby in July and just two weeks ago, Rosemarie Perez and 13-year-old son Rohan, whose father is Turkish.