WASHINGTON–Today President Obama delivered remarks to an audience in San Francisco’s Chinatown, highlighting the importance of immigration reform for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities, and urging Congress to pass immigration reform.
“We commend President Obama for his continued commitment to passing immigration reform,” said Mee Moua, president and executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC. “Too many AAPI families are being hurt by our broken immigration system. Some families have to wait years before reuniting with their loved ones, while others are torn apart due to increased deportations. Now is the time for Congress to pass a comprehensive solution that will unite families, create an accessible pathway to citizenship, and grow our economy.”
The President emphasized the key principles that must be included in an effective immigration bill, many of which are addressed in the Senate’s comprehensive immigration reform bill (S.744). The current legislation, while it takes a significant step forward by clearing the family visa backlogs, at the same time takes two steps back in eliminating visas for the siblings and adult married sons and daughters over age 31 of U.S. citizens. Studies have shown-and the President today underscored-how critical family immigrants are to small business development, community stabilization, and the growth of our global economy.
The AAPI community remains deeply concerned that current legislation does not do enough to help immigrants and their families. Advancing Justice-AAJC stands with the AAPI community who rallied outside the President’s speech today to draw attention to the families torn apart because of enforcement practices. Advancing Justice-AAJC is committed to working toward fair and humane immigration reform that keeps families together and reunites those who have been split apart by our broken system.
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