Asian American and Pacific Islanders Call on Congress to Preserve Family Immigration System, Keep Loved Ones Together & Pass Strong Immigration Reform Legislation

For Immediate Release

June 5, 2013

Contact: Jane Yoo, NAKASEC,

Impacted moms, dads, children and youth say efforts on reform must preserve sibling and adult children visa categories, ensure path to citizenship, and stop harsh enforcement measures that tear families apart

Washington D.C. – As the full U.S. Senate is poised to begin the process to debate the immigration bill, S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act, hundreds Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) families from 20 states rallied on the East Lawn of the Capitol calling on Congress to pass immigration reform legislation that is as inclusive of many families as possible. Their demands included the preservation of the sibling and adult children visa categories, a clear and affordable path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, and putting an end to harsh enforcement policies that tear families apart. Continue reading

Dear Congress letters have come in from 26 states and the District of Columbia!


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We are just two days away from our mobilization DC. To support our participants, families across the country have sent in letters to share their stories and thoughts on why we need to pass comprehensive immigration reform this year.

Letters came from families, children, citizens and voters from Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia.

What you can do: 

  • Download and print our “Dear Congress” collection (42 pages) and drop by the office of your local member of Congress to deliver  and urge them to support comprehensive immigration reform that puts families first
  • Tweet your member of Congress using the link to our “Dear Congress” collection! Sample tweet: Dear [enter Congressmember Twitter handle]  families urge you to pass #CIR bill that keeps them together! #standwithfamilies #timeisnow