Submitted by Asian Americans Advancing Justice AAJC
Today, the U.S. Senate voted in favor of a controversial “border surge” amendment introduced by Republican Sens. Bob Corker (TN) and John Hoeven (ND). Asian Americans Advancing Justice (“Advancing Justice”) is deeply concerned with the extreme provisions within the Corker-Hoeven amendment, but this vote keeps comprehensive immigration reform moving forward.
Advancing Justice continues to urge the U.S. Senate to adopt amendments that will strengthen the overall bill for women and families. In particular, a bipartisan amendment championed by Sen. Hirono and 12 other women senators, would greatly improve the proposed merit-based system by creating a level playing field for women and families to come to the U.S.
The following are statements by the affiliate organization within Advancing Justice:
“The Corker-Hoeven amendment is an overreach to securing our already secure borders, and could ultimately make our communities less safe,” said Mee Moua, president and executive director of Advancing Justice AAJC. “Advancing Justice AAJC shares in the disappointment of many immigrant families. However, with today’s vote, we are one step closer to achieving commonsense immigration reform.”
“Immigrant communities marched and voted in record numbers to demand an end to the harshest decade of enforcement in U.S. History. This amendment insults the historic push for immigration reform by pouring billions of dollars more into a failed policy of criminalizing immigrants,” said Chris Punongbayan, acting executive director of Advancing Justice Asian Law Caucus (ALC).
“We continue to be concerned with the extreme measures in the Corker-Hoeven amendment. By narrowing in on border security, Congress is overlooking the real issues that need to be improved in our current immigration system, such as family reunification,” said Tuyet Le, Advancing Justice Chicago executive director.
“Spending billions of taxpayer dollars on border enforcement when the border is already secure is a tragic mistake. These funds would be better invested in America’s infrastructure-education, roads, bridges, and technological innovation. It is not too late. Congress still can and should enact genuine immigration reform that protects the human rights of all immigrant families to be with their loved ones and that strengthens the future of the United States as a nation that truly welcomes all immigrants,” said Stewart Kwoh, president and executive director of Advancing Justice Los Angeles.
Asian Americans Advancing Justice (www.advancingjustice.org) works to promote a fair and equitable society for all by working for civil and human rights and empowering Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, and other underserved communities. We comprise Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC (www.advancingjustice-aajc.org), Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Asian Law Caucus (www.advancingjustice-alc.org), Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago (www.advancingjustice-chicago.org), Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Los Angeles (www.advancingjustice-la.org).