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NAPABA Supports the Reuniting Families Act of 2018

Tuesday, February 6, 2018  
Posted by: Brett Schuster
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Organizational Statement


For Immediate Release
Feb. 6, 2018

                                                   For More Information, Contact:
                                                   Brett Schuster, Communications Manager
                                                   bschuster@napaba.org, 202-775-9555

NAPABA Supports the Reuniting Families Act of 2018

The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) supports the introduction of the Reuniting Families Act of 2018 by Representative Judy Chu (D-Calif.), along with Representatives Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.), Yvette Clark (D-N.Y.), Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), and Mark Takano (D-Calif.). The bill attempts to help families separated by the family visa processing backlog that arises from administrative delays and due to the limited number of family-based visas available for eligible individuals. Because of these delays, many immigrant families who enter the queue for lawful entry to the United States are unnecessarily separated from each other for extended periods of time as they await processing, including many Asian Pacific American families.

Currently, 4.4 million people who are lawfully eligible to immigrate to the U.S. are in the family immigration backlog. The Reuniting Families Act will reduce these delays by reallocating unused visas, prioritizing the spouses and children of green card holders as immediate relatives, providing relief for the widows and orphans of applicants who had previously been denied visas if their sponsoring relative died during processing, and expediting the processing of visas for the children of World War II veterans from the Philippines as promised years ago. The Reuniting Families Act is a compelling reminder that the U.S. should always uphold core national values of family and fairness in our immigration system.

For more information, the media may contact Brett Schuster, NAPABA communications manager, at 202-775-9555 or bschuster@napaba.org.

The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) is the national association of Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students. NAPABA represents the interests of almost 50,000 attorneys and over 80 national, state, and local Asian Pacific American bar associations. Its members include solo practitioners, large firm lawyers, corporate counsel, legal services and non-profit attorneys, and lawyers serving at all levels of government.

NAPABA continues to be a leader in addressing civil rights issues confronting Asian Pacific American communities. Through its national network of committees and affiliates, NAPABA provides a strong voice for increased diversity of the federal and state judiciaries, advocates for equal opportunity in the workplace, works to eliminate hate crimes and anti-immigrant sentiment, and promotes the professional development of people of color in the legal profession.

To learn more about NAPABA, visit www.napaba.org, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter (@NAPABA).