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OCA Remains Vigilant After Senate Passes Comprehensive Immigration Reform

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OCA Remains Vigilant After Senate Passes Comprehensive Immigration Reform


1 July 2013


Tom Hayashi | Executive Director

202 223 5500 |

WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates, a national membership driven organization dedicated to advancing the political, social, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs), applauds the United States Senate for passing S.744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.

On June 27th, the United States Senate passed S.744 by a vote of 68-32. In addition to broader national and border security measures, the bill will also provide a pathway to citizenship for over 1 million undocumented APA individuals. Additionally, it would remove the backlog of family visas by 2021 and would allow for the immediate reunification of spouses and minor children of lawful permanent residents.

"The Asian Pacific American community has waited a long time for comprehensive immigration reform. With the passage of this bill, we are one step closer to legalizing and reuniting all APA families,” says Sharon M. Wong, OCA National President.

However, in light of those gains, the bill has removed sibling and adult children over the age of 31 from family members eligible for sponsorship to the United States under the definition of family reunification. It is up to the House of Representatives to decide whether or not they should limit the scope of families.

"Our senators have worked tirelessly to pass an immigration reform bill that has been desperately needed,” says Tom Hayashi, OCA Executive Director, "It is unfortunate that in this process, siblings and children over 31 were eliminated from eligible sponsorship. However, we are not deterred and will remain committed to advocating for APA families and an inclusive definition of family reunification. We hope that our representatives share our sentiment and, in the coming months, will stand for strong communities and families to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill in the House.”

As we wait for the House of Representatives to pass their version of the bill, OCA will continue to stand in solidarity with APA families and advocate for fair, common sense, and humane immigration reform.

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