The Immigrant Community Comes Together

by Jingru Huang | March 4, 2013 12:00 am

Leaders of the Asian Pacific American community are supporting the Keeping Families Together mission. Comprehensive immigration reform is essential because families should never be separated.

When mentioning the “undocumented immigrants”, people usually think of Latinos. 90% of Asian immigrants come to the United States through family-based immigration visas, so the biggest problem that Asian immigrants are facing is the backlog issues rather than allocation of citizenship. The largest number of new immigrants to the U.S., are Asian. But the number of total Asian immigrants in the U.S. is still incomparable to the number of Latino immigrants.

Chu, the head of Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC, see picture on the right) declares, “Asians make up the largest group of immigrants arriving in the U.S., yet they remain largely on the sidelines of the immigration debate.”

Being an Asian American, I think keeping families together is important.  There are times when we seem to lose our essence of embracing cultural differences in this country; there may be times when we don’t quite understand each other. But we have progressed a lot through the years, and I believe it is only going to get better.

More Asians should stand up for immigration reform that keeps families together and join Latinos in protecting the rights of all immigrants. We can rally together and fight for a common cause as one people.

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