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Feb. 15, 2018

                                         

NAPABA Shares Views on Immigration Debate with Congress

This week, Congress is actively debating immigration reform, including proposals that will significantly impact the Asian Pacific American and other immigrant communities. Today, the Senate begins votes on at least four bills to change the immigration system. The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) continues to advocate on behalf of our community and share our values to inform the debate.

“As Asian Pacific American lawyers, it is especially important that we share our views with Congress as they engage in a debate around immigration reform,” said NAPABA President Pankit J. Doshi. “As attorneys, we have special expertise and experiences to bring to the table and inform the debate. As Asian Pacific Americans, we have a shared immigrant story, which includes many diverse backgrounds, and we understand the impact of the immigration proposals on our community. We continue to engage with members of Congress to stress the need for bipartisan solutions that recognize the importance of immigrant families.”

This week, NAPABA sent a letter to every senator and member of Congress, stressing the need to protect family immigration, to find a solution for DREAMers, and to consider the benefits of the diversity visa lottery program as part of immigration reform. As shared in the letter, “The continued uncertainty of today’s immigration debate is a chance for Congress to reaffirm the nation’s values. NAPABA supports an immigration system that upholds our nation’s basic values of family unity, political and religious freedom, economic opportunity, and fairness.”

NAPABA continued its support for the Reuniting Families Act (H.R. 4944), led by Representative Judy Chu (D-Calif.). The bill, introduced on Feb. 6, 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.

NAPABA continues to work with other Asian Pacific American organizations, including the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans, in urging Congress to enact common sense immigration reform that recognizes the diversity of the Asian Pacific American community. We continue to directly engage with members of Congress, including meeting with their offices, in a bipartisan fashion to share our values and recommendations.

Thank you to the NAPABA Immigration Committee co-chairs, Ganesh Kalyanaraman, Jacinta Ma, and Patrick Shen, for their leadership. If you would like to join the committee, please update your NAPABA membership profile.

For more information, please contact Navdeep Singh, NAPABA policy director, at 202-775-9555 or nsingh@napaba.org.