OCA Criticizes White House Proposal for Immigration Reform
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 4, 2007
Hope Chu, Communications Manager
OCA CRITICIZES WHITE HOUSE PROPOSAL FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM
Washington DC - OCA, a national organization dedicated to advocacy on behalf of Asian Pacific Americans, strongly opposed the recenly revealedt White House plan for immigration reform. The proposal would make it nearly impossible for U.S. citizens and permanent residents to sponsor family members for lawful immigration. It has the potential to completely eliminate visas for parents, siblings, and adult children of citizens and legal residents.
"Many Asian Americans enter the country through family-based quotas, and if the White House proposal becomes reality, the results could be nearly the same as the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, which specifically excluded Chinese from entering the U.S.,” said Ginny Gong, National President, "Many families were ruined because of that unjust law. It is unbelievable that the White House is contemplating such anti-family measures as a part of immigration reform.”
"Family is the foundation of a strong society, and a strong family provides a nurturing and productive environment for every family member. Any measure that impedes family unification would create an unstable family,” said Michael Lin, Executive Director, "We will continue to advocate for the elimination of the backlog which delays the family unification. Many people in the Asian Pacific American community have been waiting legally for as long as 10 or 20 years to reunite with their immediate family members. We also believe that a pathway for legalizing the residency of undocumented Asian Pacific American immigrants should be provided. Most importantly, we will fight to prevent anti-family measure from becoming law.”