FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 18, 2009
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Shuya Ohno (202) 309-5645
Asian American Community Supports Immigration Reform through National Week of Action
Events Highlight the Urgent Need for Moving Forward On Immigration Reform
Washington, DC -This week, in a national display of grassroots coordination, energy, and unity, our partner organizations in Asian American and Pacific Islander communities across the country will be organizing the first-ever National Asian American Week of Action for comprehensive immigration reform.
Activists across the country will hold press events, attend town hall meetings with members of Congress, and petition lawmakers in support of comprehensive immigration reform. Events are concentrated during the week of August 17-24 but the push will continue into the fall.
"Immigration reform is of critical importance to our nation's entire immigrant community. Asian Americans and their families look to our elected officials for leadership that serves all of America's interests, not one particular community" said Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, one of the national leaders of the Reform Immigration FOR America campaign, a national campaign to get comprehensive immigration reform passed.
Noorani continued, "Immigrants of all nationalities seek an immigration system that is fair and that works for America. We are all anxious to see progress on comprehensive immigration reform because it is not only good policy, it's also good politics. The urgent need for reform is clear and politicians need to step up or face increasingly frustrated electorate."
CAUSA is a member of the Reform Immigration FOR America campaign, a coalition of more than 400 faith, labor, business, progressive, and immigration reform groups that have joined together to get comprehensive immigration reform passed. For more information please visit: www.reformimmigrationforamerica.org