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RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM
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RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM
Passed 2/1/04 - PASSED

WHEREAS           The Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA) will continue to be an advocate and strive toward fulfilling the hopes and aspirations of Chinese Americans and Asian Pacific Americans in the United States; and  

WHEREAS           OCA supports any measured efforts to preserve national security; and  

WHEREAS           OCA recognizes, the strong contributions of immigrants to the economy, workforce development, culture, society, and polity throughout the history of the United States; and  

WHEREAS           OCA supports family-based immigration, especially the Fourth Family Preference which reunifies siblings; and
 
WHEREAS           There are currently 3.5 million people waiting in the backlog for family-based immigration and 1.5 million of these people are from Asian countries; and

WHEREAS           Lawfully permanent residents or citizens may wait up to five years to be reunited with their spouses and as long as 13 years to be reunited with their siblings; and 

WHEREAS           OCA recognizes that comprehensive immigration reform provides a path to lawful permanent residence and for undocumented immigrants who are hard-working, who have paid or are willing to pay taxes, have learned or are willing to learn English and civics, and have undergone security checks; reduces or eliminates the tremendous backlog in family immigration; and creates legal and orderly processes for people who want to come to the United States to work, either temporarily or permanently in such a way that provides strong protections for both immigrant and US workers.  

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that OCA supports any comprehensive immigration reform that is humane and takes into account the preservation of the national security and economic well being of the United States.  

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that OCA supports any comprehensive immigration reform, which includes: 1) significantly reducing the backlog of family-based immigration, 2) creating a path for legalization of undocumented immigrants, and 3) creating additional programs for individuals to enter legally into the U.S. to work temporarily or permanently.
 
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