WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 14, 2015) — The Organization of Chinese Americans, National Chapter, Asian Pacific American Advocates, a national membership-driven organization of community advocates dedicated to advancing the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs), is deeply disappointed that the House of Representatives voted to adopt all five anti-immigrant amendments into the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations Act of 2015 (H.R. 240).
“We are outraged that the House majority voted to pass the bill with all five adopted amendments,” said Ken Lee, OCA National Acting Chief Executive Officer. “1.3 million APAs are undocumented. Their lives are not political capital. The livelihood of undocumented families should not be used as a bargaining tool in national security politics. We urge the Senate to be more sensible in their approach to funding DHS and ensuring the safety of all Americans without eliminating the few opportunities that have been provided to immigrant communities. We will continue to work closely with our congressional allies to make sure that we do not repeat this disappointment in the Senate.”