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Issue: 1217 Date: 12/19/2013
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OCA Pushes Immigration Reform into the New Year

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        WASHINGTON, D.C. - OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates, a national membership-driven organization dedicated to advancing the political, social, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APA), delivered over 3,800 postcards to House congressional offices and participated in the Fast 4 Families campaign to call for fair and comprehensive immigration reform.

        As part of the iAMerica Immigration Reform Campaign, OCA collected 3,856 e-petition signatures over a span of 24 days calling for Congress to pass fair and commonsense immigration reform aligned with the values of OCA and members of the National Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA). These values include a pathway to citizenship for over 11 million aspiring citizens; continued reunification of families; shortening of visa backlogs; and assurance of dignity and due process for individuals caught in detention and deportation proceedings. For each signature collected, OCA created a postcard on their behalf and delivered them over a three day period to 226 different congressional offices.

        "Immigration reform is long overdue, and it must take into consideration the needs and concerns of the Asian Pacific Americans, especially because we are an immigrant heavy community," says Tom Hayashi, OCA Executive Director, "The iAMerica e-Petition is our way of uplifting the voices of the APA and our allied communities in this movement and telling Congress that they must act now."

        Additionally, on December 11, 2013, OCA joined immigration reform advocates across the country and participated in Fast for Families: A Call for Immigration Reform and Citizen, a national fasting campaign headquartered at the National Mall in Washington, DC. The campaign calls for Congress to pass immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship. More information about the campaign can be found at their website.

        "At the core of immigration reform are our stories, our experiences, and our families," says Sharon M. Wong, OCA President, "we are appealing to the hearts of our congressional members by participating in the Fast for Families campaign with our National Coalition for Asian Pacific American partners and immigration advocates. The multiple racial, ethnic, gender, and faith experiences represented highlight the complexity of immigration and the impact that a fair and commonsense immigration reform bill would have on the United States."

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