WASHINGTON, D.C. — (June 11, 2014) — On Wednesday, the preliminary score card ratings on the voting records and stances on immigration issues of all 435 House members were disclosed at the 2014 National Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Immigration Score Card press event on Capitol Hill.
The score card is a project of Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), National Korean American Service and Education Consortium (NAKASEC), and OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates.
Speakers at the press conference urged Congress to act fast on immigration reform before the final score cards are issued in July. Speakers included: Ben Monterroso (Mi Familia Vota Education Fund), Dae Joong (DJ) Yoon (NAKASEC), Priscilla Ouchida (JACL), and Ginny Gong (OCA- Asian Pacific American Advocates).
Letters enclosing each individual Congressmember’s score card rating were also sent to all 435 House members informing them that they can improve their scores before the release of the final 2014 National Immigration Score Card is issued in July by:
• Passing immigration reform with a defined pathway to citizenship and inclusive of family reunification
• Issuing public statements in support of family reunification, a pathway to citizenship, and due process protections for all immigrants.
• The House members also received a similar letter from Latino leaders on May 28.
The AAPI score card ratings are based on House votes and co-sponsorship on immigration related legislation undertaken during the 113th Congress including cosponsorship of the Reuniting Families Act and the recent vote on Representative Steve King’s Amendment to the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act that would order the U.S. Justice Department to investigate the release of immigrant detainees.
The AAPI score card is part of the collaborative effort with the “2014 National Immigration Score Card,” which was initiated by the Hispanic Federation, the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA), the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), Mi Familia Vota Education Fund, National Council of La Raza (NCLR), and Voto Latino.
The refusal of House leadership to bring immigration reform to the House for a vote is preventing many members from scoring higher, the score cards show. From now through the release of the final score card, additional national and local AAPI organizations will be signing on to cosponsor the report card to further disseminate information disclosing how their representatives are voting on critical immigration-related legislation.
DJ Yoon, NAKASEC’s Executive Director said: “Action to stop the suffering of hardworking aspiring Americans is long overdue in the House. The American people want immigration reform. Our preliminary score card is based on nine criteria that clearly show where members of Congress stand in terms of fixing this broken system. It also emphasizes the crucial timing for House members to seize this opportunity to prove that they legitimately respect the American value of family and are willing to stop this moral crisis. We look forward to the day in which our AAPI and immigrant community will witness this act of bravery.”
Sharon M. Wong, OCA National President said: “Immigration reform is one of the most pressing issues for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. This score card is a tool for our communities to gauge our congressional officials’ support for our families and our concerns. If House leadership truly wants to show their dedication to needs of the AAPI communities, they will seize the opportunity that has been granted them and pass fair and humane immigration reform.”
Priscilla Ouchida, Executive Director of JACL, said, ““My grandfather died before he could realize his dream of becoming an United States citizen. Immigration laws barred his family from joining him in this country. Today, there are many just like him who have been waiting for decades for citizenship and family reunification.”
Ben Monterroso, Mi Familia Vota Education Fund’s Executive Director, said: “The day after the Latino leaders issued the preliminary scores, the House voted on another anti-immigrant amendment by Congressman Steve King of Iowa. But this time, there were some switches. Republicans, including Joe Heck of Nevada, Pete King of New York, Devin Nunes of California and Steve Pearce of New Mexico, voted against Steve King, even though they had voted with him and the GOP leadership in the past. We hope that Congress has gotten the message that our communities do not forget those who turn their backs on us. Congress cannot ignore the immigrant community.”
The preliminary scores for House members are based on the following criteria:
• Co-Sponsorship of H.R. 15, Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (List of co-sponsors)
• Signature on Discharge Petition for H.R. 15, Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act(Current signatures on 113th Congress Discharge Petition Number 0009)
• A recorded “NO” vote on Rep. Steve King’s Amendment to H.R. 2217, Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Bill (Roll Call Number 208, 113th Congress, 1st Session)
• A recorded “NO” vote on the “ENFORCE Act of 2014” H.R. 4138 (Roll Call Number 124, 113th Congress, 2nd Session)
• A recorded “NO” vote on the Faithful Execution of the Law Act of 2014, H.R. 3973 (Roll Call Number 129, 113th Congress, 2nd Session
• A recorded “YES” vote on the Nadler Amendment No. 2 to the “ENFORCE Act” (Roll Call Number 121, 113th Congress, 2nd Session)
• A recorded “YES” vote on the Deutch amendment to H.R. 2217 (Roll Call Number 198, 113th Congress, 1st Session)
• Co-Sponsorship of H.R. 717, Reuniting Families Act (List of co-sponsors)
• A recorded “NO” vote on Rep. Steve King’s Amendment to H.R. 4660: Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2015 (Roll Call Number 266, 113th Congress)
Steps towards advancing immigration reform include: votes on legislation and amendments on the issue of immigration, co-sponsorship of key immigration-related bills that include a path to citizenship and support for family unity, and public statements that declare support for immigration reform with a path to citizenship and support for family unity and urge House leadership to bring a bill to the floor by the end of June.
Find links to score card at https://db.tt/zOcZ4rn0.
Rep. Keith Ellison, D-5, 100%
Rep. Tim Walz, D-1, 95.4%
Rep. Betty McCollum, D-4, 95.4%
Rep. John Kline, R-2, 59%
Rep. Erik Paulsen, R-3, 59%
Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-6, 59%
Rep. Mark Pocan, D-2, 100%
Rep. G. S. Moore, D-4, 100%
Rep. Ron Kind, D-3, 95.4%
Rep. Paul Ryan, R-1, 59%
Rep. F. J. Sensenbrenner, Jr., R-5, 59%
Rep. Thomas Evert Petri, R-6, 59%
Rep. Sean Duffy, R-7, 59%
Rep. Reid Ribble, R-8, 59%