WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 16, 2012) — The National Council of Asian Pacific Americans last Friday joined a small group of national constituency groups at the White House to discuss policy priorities with President Barack Obama and senior White House officials.
NCAPA is a coalition of 30 national Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AA & NHPI) organizations. It was represented at the meeting by NCAPA Chair Deepa Iyer.
At the meeting, Iyer asked President Obama and his Administration to address the key policy priorities facing Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, including immigration reform; economic stability; and health care. She said that in this past election, AA & NHPI community members made their voices heard.
“National polls show that not only did 73 percent of the AA & NHPI community vote to re-elect President Obama, but also that community members care most about fixing the economy, improving health care, and reforming the country’s education and immigration systems,” Iyer said.
At the Nov. 16 White House meeting, President Obama shared his vision for ensuring the fiscal health of our country through shared prosperity and shared responsibility with NCAPA members. Public opinion data shows that 67 percent of AA and NHPIs support raising taxes on high earners to reduce the deficit; and that our top budget priorities are public schools, health care, economic assistance to needy people, and social security, Iyer added.
“The fiscal cliff needs to be addressed through a balanced approach that does not place middle and working class families in a vulnerable economic position,” she said. “NCAPA looks forward to the President’s active and direct engagement with our communities in the upcoming years, and stands ready to provide policy recommendations and solutions to address the challenges facing our nation.”
The National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA), founded in 1996, is a coalition of thirty Asian Pacific American organizations around the country. NCAPA has released the 2012 Policy Platform: Framing Issues and Recommendations to Improve the Lives of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Communities (available at www.ncapaonline.org), which outlines key policy issues and recommendations.