WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 30, 2014) — The Organization of Chinese Americans, Asian Pacific American Advocates, a national membership-driven organization of community advocates dedicated to advancing the political, social, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APA), is supportive of President Obama’s State of the Union Address.
President Obama delivered his fifth State of the Union address on Tuesday night, highlighting the need for economic equality, civil rights, immigration, and education reform.
“While the President did not elaborate on immigration reform, except to note his strong support for Congress to deliver legislation this year, we remain steadfast in advocating for commonsense immigration reform. Therefore, OCA is supportive of President Obama’s fifth State of the Union address,” says Tom Hayashi, OCA Executive Director, “We appreciate his dedication to the forward movement of issues heavily affecting the Asian Pacific American community. President Obama’s speech shows that there are still many barriers to full economic, social, and political participation and contribution for some segments of the American population. This is a year of action, and action must be taken by Congress to remove these barriers to ensure that the over 11.5 million undocumented immigrants, of whom, 1.3 million are APA, have a pathway to citizenship; that students can access quality education; and that all citizens can engage in the democratic process.
The President also asserted his desire to see fixes to aforementioned issues, with or without congressional action. However, he still insisted on bi-partisan congressional action.
“As a nation, we must come together to ensure that all citizens and aspiring citizens can fully participate and contribute to the best of their abilities. The responsibility for this falls on us to ensure that our country moves toward justice for everyone and on our Congressional Officials to act as beacons to light our way, “says Miriam Yeung, OCA Vice President of Public Affairs, “OCA, too, will continue to advocate for issues and policies salient to all Asian Pacific Americans. To this end, OCA calls on Congress to pass a fair and commonsense immigration reform bill this year to ensure that everyone can reach their full potential.”