WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 20, 2014) — In response to the President‘s announcement of his executive action as a step forward towards common-sense comprehensive immigration reform, Lisa Hasegawa, Executive Director of National Coalition of Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD), issued the following statement:
“National CAPACD is encouraged by the President’s commitment to creating tangible economic opportunities for all Americans, including the nearly one million undocumented Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs). As the fastest growing racial and immigrant group in the U.S., AAPIs who will benefit from the President’s action will have greater access to better working conditions and employment opportunities with real wages that they can rely upon. This is a good first step to to ensuring the economic security of many hard working people and shoring up their ability to continue to make contributions to strengthening the US economy.”
National CAPACD is committed to continuing the fight for comprehensive immigration reform as part of the effort to address structural racism and the racial wealth gap.
National CAPACD is prepared to work with members of Congress and the Administration for swift action to pass and implement a comprehensive immigration reform bill beyond the President’s executive action with more inclusiveness and measures to unite families and secure economic wealth for all communities.
National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development is the first national advocacy organization dedicated to addressing the housing, community and economic development needs of diverse and growing Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. Its mission is to improve the quality of life for low-income AAPIs by promoting economic vitality, civic and political participation and racial equity.