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OCA Applauds Congress’ Dedication to Immigration Reform

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OCA Applauds Congress’ Dedication to Immigration Reform

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2 October 2013

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Tom Hayashi | Executive Director

202 223 5500 | thayashi@ocanational.org

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 House Congressional Officials for their dedication to immigration reform.

Today, House Officials including Congressman Garcia (D-FL), Congresswoman Chu (D-CA), Congresswoman Pelosi (D-CA), Congresswoman DelBene (D-WA), and Congressman Horsford (D-NV) introduced the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act, a bill similar to comprehensive immigration reform bill (S.744) passed by the Senate earlier this past summer. Like S.744, the House bill includes a pathway to citizenship for a majority of the 11 million undocumented immigrants, provides an expedited pathway for Dreamers, reprioritizes the immediate family of legal permanent residents to match U.S. citizens, and clears the overcrowded visa backlogs.

"We applaud our Congressional officials for their leadership and dedication to immigration reform,” says Sharon M. Wong, OCA National President, "Passage of this bill would bring us one step closer to realizing the hopes and dreams of the 11 million aspiring citizens waiting to fully live their lives in the United States.”

Similar to S.744, the House bill also eliminates siblings and children over 31 from the family immigration category. Under the bill, siblings and children over 31 would have to immigrate through the proposed merit system which awards visas to individuals based on a process that allocates points for specific markers such as English proficiency and level of education.

"Although we celebrate the commitment to immigration reform that our congressional leaders have demonstrated, we are disappointed at the elimination of siblings and children over 31 from the family category,” says Tom Hayashi, OCA Executive Director, "It is disheartening to see an issue central to the Asian Pacific American community’s immigration experience left out of this version of the bill. However, OCA remains optimistic and committed to improving the current provisions to ensure that the interests of the APA community are represented.”

OCA is co-sponsoring a Town Hall Discussion on Comprehensive Immigration Reform at 1952 Gallows Road in Vienna, VA on October 5 at 6:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. This Town Hall Discussion is part of over 100 local events happening throughout the country on October 5 advocating for immigration reform. More information can be found at http://octoberimmigration.org/october5/.


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