Washington, D.C. (May 2, 2014) — U.S. Rep. Judy Chu, Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), Congressman Mike Honda, CAPAC Chair Emeritus, and Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) business and faith leaders from across the country met with President Obama at the White House to discuss immigration reform.
This is the second meeting CAPAC had with the Administration this week. On Wednesday, CAPAC members met with the Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, to discuss immigration reform and the Administration’s review of its deportation and enforcement policies.
Rep. Chu said she is encouraged by the meeting and with the Administration’s efforts to improve our immigration system.
“We had a productive discussion with the President about immigration challenges affecting the AAPI community – from immense visa backlogs to policies that tear families apart,” Chu said. “However, Congress must send a comprehensive bill to the President’s desk to establish a permanent solution to our nation’s immigration problems.”
Rep. Honda said he is grateful for the leadership the President showed, as well as faith and business leaders of the Asian American and Pacific Islander Community to discuss comprehensive immigration reform.
“I was impressed with the President’s ability to work with each and every Asian American community, and his commitment to changing our broken immigration system,” Honda said. “He knows that our current system is hurting the AAPI community, and our economy. We’re looking forward to working with the White House to get comprehensive immigration reform passed.”
Participants in the meeting included:
• Congresswoman Judy Chu, Chair, Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus
• Congressman Mike Honda, Chair Emeritus, Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus
• Billy Dec, CEO and Founder, Rockit Ranch Productions
• Toa Do, President, Business Development Assistance Group
• Hyepin Im, President and CEO, Korean Churches for Community Development
• Rev. Abhi Janamanchi, Senior Minister, Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church
• Daphne Kwok, Chair, President’s Advisory Commission on AAPIs
• Rev. Eun-sang Lee, Pastor, First United Methodist Church
• Shekar Narasimhan, Managing Partner, Beekman Advisors
• Rebecca Yemin Shi, Executive Director, Illinois Business Immigration Coalition
• Rich Stolz, Executive Director, OneAmerica
• Sach Takayasu, President and CEO, Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurship