OCA Extremely Disappointed in Senate Vote Failing All Immigration Bills

15 February 2018
Contact: Thu Nguyen | Communications Associate
202.223.5500 | tnguyen@ocanational.org
Washington, DC - OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates is extremely disappointed in the Senate's vote today that puts yet another hold on a viable solution for DREAMers and families. 
On Thursday afternoon, none of the four amendments reached the necessary 60 votes for adoption. Of particular note was the USA Act by Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and Senator Chris Coons (D-DL).  That amendment would have created a pathway to citizenship for DREAMers without any cuts to the family immigration system or diversity visas. Additionally, the Senate also voted 39-60 on Senator Chuck Grassley’s (R-IA) amendment, which would have essentially eliminated the family immigration system.
“We are incredibly disappointed that the Senate failed to adopt the USA Act. The bill would have provided a pathway to citizenship for the over 120,000 AAPI undocumented Americans living in the United States without compromising our family reunification or diversity visa systems. Although we are disappointed at the outcome of today’s votes, we do appreciate that a significant bipartisan group of Senators rejected Senator Grassley’s bill. It is morally reprehensible that certain members of Congress tried to pit DREAMers against family immigration when the reality is that all immigrants are beneficial to our country. OCA remains committed to working with members of Congress to take a firm stance to pass a clean DREAM Act, with no cuts to family immigration or diversity visas.”
This must be resolved before the March 23rd deadline of the continuing resolutions. 

OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates is a national organization of community advocates dedicated to improving the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPIs).