Asian Pacific leaders echo Obama, urge Congress to act on immigration reform

Gregory Cendana (front row, left) with President Obama and Vice President Biden at the White House Photo by Floyd Mori

Gregory Cendana (front row, left) with President Obama and Vice President Biden at the White House Photo by Floyd Mori

Members of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA) stood with President Obama last October 24 when he called on the House to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

“With three in five Asian and Pacific Islander Americans being foreign-born — the highest proportion of any racial group — comprehensive immigration reform is our highest priority,” said Deepa Iyer, NCAPA chair and executive director of South Asian Americans Leading Together. “We support the president’s renewed efforts to move immigration legislation forward and we urge our leaders in Congress to act quickly.”

NCAPA members have consistently been raising key priorities around immigration reform with Congress and the White House. NCAPA’s statement of principles advocates for legislation that would create a path to citizenship for America’s 11 million undocumented immigrants, reunite and keep families together, protect workers and prevent harsh enforcement measures.

“Today’s press event showed that labor, business, faith and immigrant communities have come together around immigration reform,” said Gregory Cendana, NCAPA executive committee member and executive director of Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO. “Voters, including Asian Americans, have made it clear again and again that they want their congressional representatives to reform our broken immigration system.”
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