OCA Opposes President Trump’s Intent to Eliminate Diversity Visa Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

7 November 2017

Contact: Thu Nguyen | Communications Associate

202.223.5500 | tnguyen@ocanational.org

Washington, DC – OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates opposes the President’s attempts to undermine the Diversity Visa Program.

The Diversity Visa Program grants a limited number of individuals applying from qualified countries immigrant visas. Each year, 50,000 diversity immigrant visas are made available to those who pass the same screening, background checks, medical examines and interviews like any other immigrant. Between 2007 and 2016, nearly 473,000 people were granted a diversity visa. Most of the visas were granted to Africans, who made up 43% of the total granted last year, compared to 32% to Europeans, 19% to Asians, 3% to Latin Americans, and less than 1% to people from Oceania.

“Asians have historically been the targets of restrictive immigration policies,” said Vicki Shu, OCA National Vice President of Public Affairs. “The President’s efforts to eliminate the diversity visa program is yet another way of limiting immigration. With Asian immigrants from Bhutan, Burma, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, and Thailand, the diversity visa program has been essential in strengthening Asian American and Pacific Islander communities and enriching the fabric of our country.”

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).

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