|OCA's Statement on the Release of Immigration Legislation FrameworkFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
30 April 2010
Lan Nguyen | Program Associate
202 223 5500 | firstname.lastname@example.org
WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCA, a national Asian Pacific American (APA) social justice organization with over 80 chapters and affiliates, commends Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid (NV), Sens. Charles Schumer (NY) and Robert Menendez (NJ) for taking an important step towards comprehensive immigration reform. They were joined by Senators Richard Durbin (IL), Dianne Feinstein (CA) and Patrick Leahy (VT) at yesterday’s press conference releasing the Real Enforcement with Practical Answers for Immigration Reform (REPAIR) Proposal.
For over three decades, Asian Pacific Americans, along with other impacted communities and civil rights organizations have been fighting for immigration reform. Just earlier this week, OCA criticized Arizona’s new anti-immigrant law and called for comprehensive immigration reform at the federal level. Recently, OCA members joined over 200,000 advocates in a March For America immigration rally to remind President Obama and Congress of the need to fix America’s broken immigration system.
The REPAIR Proposal includes solutions to providing a path to legalization, addressing backlogs of family-based immigration and managing the future flow of immigrants. However, OCA has serious concerns over the proposal’s inclusion of programs like 287(g), which reports by the Department of Homeland Security have condemned as poorly managed, lacking in accountability and crippling to the trust between communities and law enforcement. More work must be done to ensure immigration enforcement measures protect due process and civil rights of all Americans.
OCA looks forward to working with both Democratic and Republican members of Congress, as well as the Obama administration, on a bipartisan common sense solution to the current broken immigration system.
What you can do to join us in supporting fair and humane immigration reform:
- Find and Participate in a May Day rally on May 1st near you!
- Sign the Reform Immigration FOR America petition telling the President and Congress "America needs comprehensive immigration reform today - don't let the rest of the nation follow Arizona's lead!”
- Endorse the Reform Immigration FOR American national campaign.