AAFE has long advocated for meaningful national immigration reform. Now that the issue has come to the forefront again, the organization has joined with the larger Asian Pacific community to endose the “New Yorkers for Real Immigration Reform Campaign.” It’s a program coordinated by the New York Immigration Coalition and supported by over 150 labor, faith, grassroots and immigrant organizations.
As part of the campaign, there will be a postcard writing initiative and an Asian Pacific American community-led town hall forum on March 28th at LaGuardia Community College, and a large mobilization on April 10th to Washington, D.C.
“2013 represents our best chance in decades to win immigration reform. The Asian Pacific American community must capitalize on the political power we demonstrated during last November’s election,” said May Chen, Board President of the New York State Immigrant Action Fund. “It is critical to have the Asian Pacific American community push Congress and President Obama to pass real reform that keeps families together, protects workers and safeguards our civil rights.”
“It is exciting we are finally moving forward with immigration reform, but there is still work ahead,” said Christopher Kui, Executive Director of Asian Americans for Equality. “1.3 million Asian American Pacific Islanders in the United States are undocumented. We need to enact broad, humane immigration reform that advances inclusion, fairness, and equality for immigrants and all communities. This will require all of us to make our voices heard so no one is left behind.”
You can read the organization’s statement of principles here.
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