WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 13, 2015) — Just one week into a new Congress, anti-immigrant members of the U.S. House of Representatives are already going after immigrant families by trying to defund President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration, which will benefit half a million Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC today sent a letter to House leadership opposing the anti-immigrant amendments to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) appropriations bill, which is scheduled for a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives tomorrow. These amendments seek to not only undo the president’s sensible action from November, but also expose DREAMERs to deportation and alter DHS enforcement priorities, resulting in increased deportations.
“Immigrants and their families have fought hard for relief and now this current Congress is set to undo all our progress, without offering us a real solution for 11 million undocumented immigrants and their families,” said Mee Moua, president and executive director of Advancing Justice | AAJC. “By deciding to attach these poison-pill amendments to the Homeland Security appropriations bill, this new Congress has clearly shown it has no interest in finding legislative solutions that keep families together, protect workers and strengthen businesses. Real lives are at stake here, and lives should not be the subject of political games.”
Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC is a national nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. working to fight for civil and human rights and empower Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to participate in our democracy. Advancing Justice | AAJC is part of a national affiliation that also includes Advancing Justice – Atlanta, Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus (San Francisco), Advancing Justice – Chicago and Advancing Justice – Los Angeles.