Thursday, April 15

United States House of Representatives: Pass a Fair and Commonsense Immigration Reform Bill

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There are over 1.5 million undocumented Asian Pacific Americans in the United States. Broken down, that’s:

  1. 280, 000 Chinese;
  2. 270,000 Filipino;
  3. 240,000 Indian;
  4. 230,000 Korean;
  5. 170,000 Vietnamese;
  6. 310,000 Other Asian.

Did you know?

In 1882, Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act which prevented Chinese laborers from becoming naturalized citizens. Additionally, in 1922, Congress passed the Cable Act which revoked the American citizenship of women who married non-citizens. This meant that marrying an Asian Pacific American man during this time equated to giving up your citizenship.  

Be an Asian Pacific American Champion

Asian Pacific Islanders – whether documented or undocumented, citizen or legal permanent resident – are Americans. We are America. And we deserve to be treated with the respect and dignity. OCA calls on our Congressional officials to pass a bill that:

1. Creates a pathway for citizenship for the over 11 million undocumented immigrants and DREAMers in the United States;
2. Ensures the family immigration category retains siblings and children over 31;
3. Assures that due process rights of all people are protected while they are in detention and deportation proceedings;
4. Provides adequate protection to prohibiting profiling in all of its forms.

Immigration reform is a moral and economic imperative – it is the Asian Pacific American (APA) issue. Right now, there are over one million undocumented Asian Pacific Islanders out of the 11 million total undocumented immigrants in the United States, individuals who may not report hate crimes, domestic violence, assaults because they are afraid that they and their family may be deported.

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