News / USA

Asian American Group Targets Immigration Bill

Asian-American NGO Decries Limits on Family Immigrationi
X
August 28, 2013 6:40 PM
Concerned about the U.S. Senate's recent passage of the 2013 Immigration Bill, Asian Americans Advancing Justice is leading a campaign that opposes a specific section of the legislation. Elizabeth Lee has more from Los Angeles.

VIDEO: Concerned about one section of the Senate's 2013 Immigration Bill, one group is campaigning against it in Los Angeles.

Elizabeth Lee
It's a hot day in the Los Angeles neighborhoods that comprise some of the highest concentrations of Asian Americans in California, and Nathanel Lowe’s job is just beginning. His group, Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAAJ), has organized about 60 people to go door-to-door to talk about immigration reform.
 
Concerned about the U.S. Senate's recent passage of the 2013 Immigration Bill — a section of which, if made into law, would ban citizens from sponsoring naturalization of siblings and children age 31 and over — his group is asking people to actively oppose it.
 
"We’re asking folks to call their member of Congress to support immigration reform that is fair, just and humane," says Lowe, who calls the family reunification section of the bill unjust.
 
Over the years, many people have been able to immigrate to the United States because they were sponsored by a brother or sister who was already a U.S. citizen.
 
"My uncles and aunts were sponsored by my dad," says Lowe. "So they came over here because of the brother sibling category. If this gets done away with, my family wouldn’t be able to be over here."
 
Under current law, spouses, children under 21 years of age, and parents of U.S. citizens, get priority and do not have to wait for a visa. There is, however, a limit on the number of visas given to relatives considered lower priority, including adult children and siblings.
 
Although the bill that would eliminate the ability of citizens to sponsor siblings and adult children is far from becoming law — the House of Representatives still has to pass its own bill before lawmakers finalize a reform package — University of Southern California political scientist Dan Schnur says civil rights groups have reason to worry.
 
"If comprehensive immigration reform does pass Congress in the foreseeable future, the nature of the discussion to date suggests that family reunification is not going to survive in its current form," he says, explaining that many U.S. politicians think of a family as being parents and young children, not siblings or grown children.
 
While national economic and employment needs are addressed in recent drafts of legislation — the current Senate bill expands the number of visas for people with advanced degrees in science and technology from U.S. schools, and creates a new visa for low skilled workers for industries such as agriculture — AAAJ's Michelle Saucedo says repeal of current family reunification policies is of particular concern to Asian-Americans.

You May Like

Video Obama to Send 3,000 Troops to Liberia in Ebola Fight

At Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, President says US will take leadership role for a global response to deadly Ebola virus that is ravaging West Africa More

Video China Muslims Work to Change Perceptions After Knife Attacks

Muslims in Kunming say that they condemn the violence, it is not a reflection of the true beliefs of their faith More

Humanitarian Aid, Equipment Blocked in Cameroon

Move is seen as a developing supply crisis in West Africa More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Enviropreneur Seeks to Save the Environment, Empower the Communityi
X
September 16, 2014 2:06 PM
Lorna Rutto, a former banker, is now an ‘enviropreneur’ - turning plastic waste into furniture and fences discusses the challenges she faces in Africa with raw materials and the environment.
Video

Video Enviropreneur Seeks to Save the Environment, Empower the Community

Lorna Rutto, a former banker, is now an ‘enviropreneur’ - turning plastic waste into furniture and fences discusses the challenges she faces in Africa with raw materials and the environment.
Video

Video West Trades Accusations Over Ransoms

As world leaders try to forge a common response to the threat posed by Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, there is simmering tension over differing policies on paying ransoms. In the past month, the jihadist group has beheaded two Americans and one Briton. Both countries refuse to pay ransom money. As Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London, there is uncertainty in the approach of some other European nations.
Video

Video Scotland Independence Bid Stokes Global Interest

The people of Scotland are preparing to vote on whether to become independent and break away from the rest of Britain, in a referendum being watched carefully in many other countries. Some see it as a risky experiment; while others hope a successful vote for independence might energize their own separatist demands. Foreign immigrants to Scotland have a front row seat for the vote. VOA’s Henry Ridgwell spoke to some of them in Edinburgh.
Video

Video Washington DC Mural Artists Help Beautify City

Like many cities, Washington has a graffiti problem. Buildings and homes, especially in low-income neighborhoods, are often targets of illegal artwork. But as we hear from VOA’s Julie Taboh, officials in the nation's capital have come up with an innovative program that uses the talents of local artists to beautify the city.
Video

Video US Muslim Leaders Condemn Islamic State

Leaders of America's Muslim community are condemning the violent extremism of the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria. The U.S. Muslim leaders say militants are exploiting their faith in a failed effort to justify violent extremism. VOA correspondent Meredith Buel reports.
Video

Video Americans' Reaction Mixed on Obama Strategy for Islamic State Militants

President Barack Obama’s televised speech on how the United States plans to “degrade and destroy” the group known as the Islamic State reached a prime-time audience of millions. And it came as Americans appear more willing to embrace a bolder, tougher approach to foreign policy. VOA producer Katherine Gypson and reporter Jeff Seldin have this report from Washington.
Video

Video Authorities Allege LA Fashion Industry-Cartel Ties

U.S. officials say they have broken up crime rings that funneled tens of millions of dollars from Mexican drug cartels through fashion businesses in Los Angeles. Mike O'Sullivan reports that authorities announced nine arrests, as 1,000 law enforcement agents fanned out through the city on Wednesday.
Video

Video Bedouin Woman Runs Successful Business in Palestinian City

A Bedouin woman is breaking social taboos by running a successful vacation resort in the Palestinian town of Jericho. Bedouins are a sub-group of Arabs known for their semi-nomadic lifestyle. Zlatica Hoke says the resort in the West Bank's Jordan Valley is a model of success for women in the region.


Carnage and mayhem are part of daily life in northern Nigeria, the result of a terror campaign by the Islamist group Boko Haram. Fears are growing that Nigeria’s government may not know how to counter it, and may be making things worse. More

AppleAndroid