|OCA Applauds Policy Relief for DREAM Students
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
16 June 2012
Tom Hayashi | Executive Director
202 223 5500 |
D.C. – OCA, a national organization dedicated to advancing the
political, social, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans
the Obama Administration for their commitment to providing temporary
relief to law abiding undocumented youth by granting them legal status.
the new policy, approximately 800,000 undocumented students in the
United States will be qualified for work authorization. Within the next
60 days, the USCIS and ICE are expected to begin taking applications.
Those that are eligible include those who:
are optimistic about the recent announcement to provide much needed
relief to Asian Pacific Islanders who are undocumented…many of whom in
every way are Americans, to their surprise, they find out that they are
not citizens often after graduating from high school…can you imagine
what that must be like? There are plenty of Asian Pacific Islanders who
are in the 800,000 cited in the estimate,” says Executive Director, Tom
Hayashi. "We are very hopeful that this type of immigration reform will
put this country on the right path towards a more visionary public
policy which is driven by compassion coupled with a permanent practical
- Entered the United States before 16 and are under the age of 30.
- Have been in the country for at least five continuous years.
currently in school, have graduated from high school, obtained a
general education development certificate, or are honorably discharged
veterans of the military.
- Students who have had good moral conduct.
to City News Service, Representative Judy Chu, (CA-32) and chair of the
Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, called the announcement a
"momentous” policy change.
year, tens of thousands of students who were raised in this country
have their hopes of a higher education, and a brighter future, dashed,
simply because of their immigration status,” Chu said. "It is unfair
that a young person, brought up as an American, in American schools,
cannot benefit from the opportunities afforded by a college education
because of their parents’ mistakes."
these are the initial steps for true immigration reform, it is a
necessary one that is inclusive of having APA voices heard in the
debates. Many are tired of hiding in the shadows and are ready to be
recognized for their current contributions and future potential. We must
give them a chance. Providing life altering opportunities to these
students is not only helpful to individuals, but the overall economy in
the United States.
along with our organizational colleagues continue to pressure Members
of Congress for bi-partisan legislative leadership on a more
comprehensive reform around immigration that will also create a pathway
to citizenship. Together, we can achieve an immigration policy that is realistic, effective, and fair.