WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 15, 2015) — The Organization of Chinese Americans, National Chapter, Asian Pacific American Advocates, denounces House amendments to defund President Obama’s executive action plans on immigration and urges members of congress to vote against inclusion of the anti-immigrant amendments to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations Act of 2015 (H.R. 240).
On Monday, January 12, 2015, five amendments to H.R. 240 were approved by the House Rules Committee that would undo many of the President’s executive action plans on immigration. Most of the amendments focus on the prevention of funding for the Deferred Action for the Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) programs.
“The amendments to derail the executive action plans established by the President are poor policy making,” said Ken Lee, OCA National Acting Chief Executive Officer. “Our communities have advocated for a long time to ensure that our families can be kept together. Any attempts to undo these efforts without input from communities directly affected or offering any permanent solution is a complete dismissal of the lives of Asian Pacific Americans, along with other communities disproportionately impacted by our current immigration policies. The message our new Congress is sending is that they do not care about immigrants and the wellbeing of our families.”
A vote on the amendments and the full bill is expected today before 12 pm ET. More information about the bill can be found HERE. The President’s executive action plans include the expansion of DACA and the inclusion of DAPA. DACA is expected to provide temporary work authorization for over 100,000 APA young adults, and DAPA is estimated to help over 400,000 undocumented APA parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents. More information about both programs and the other Memorandums from the President can be found HERE.
“We have already seen the benefits of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Because of DACA, undocumented young adults were finally able to find some relief from the constant fear of deportation and work to support themselves and their families. DACA allowed us to give a bright, undocumented Asian Pacific American student the opportunity to intern with us over the past summer,” said Vicki Shu, OCA Vice President of Public Affairs. “The inclusion of DAPA gave undocumented Asian Pacific American parents the opportunity to finally support their U.S. citizen and legal permanent resident children. It would be a travesty to take those little instances of humanity away from them. We urge all members of congress who value families to vote against the inclusion of these anti-immigrant amendments and pass a clean DHS funding bill.”