LOS ANGELES (March 15, 2013) — The Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC), a member of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, is deeply concerned about reports that family unity – a cornerstone of our American society – is at risk of being dismantled in an immigration reform bill.
“An integral part of our humanity is the understanding that children – at any age – are our family. That brothers and sisters are our family,” said Stewart Kwoh, APALC executive director. “To contend otherwise goes against our longstanding American tradition of valuing, respecting, and honoring brothers, sisters, and children as beloved close family members. Families must not be manipulated and used as a bargaining chip in a misleading and misguided attempt to characterize immigration as a zero-sum game. Indeed, family immigration is fundamentally important to ensure the continued vitality and sustainability of our nation in what is undoubtedly a global society.”
APALC strongly urges our congressional leadership to uphold the sacred American value of family and preserve and strengthen our family based immigration system.