Lifting Our Voices

By wyang
Published: Monday, September 21st, 2009

Dear NAPAWF members,

In just one week over 45 members completed NAPAWF’s Immigration Community Survey.  Throught these responses, we’ve found:

  • 53% were born in the United States. Those who were not, were born in Canada, Colombia, England, Hong Kong, Japan, Kuwait, South Korea, and Vietnam.
  • NAPAWF members and their families came to the U.S. as early as the 1850’s and as recently as 2000.
  • 12% have family members who immigrated solely through employment-based visas, 21% through a mixture of employment and family-based visas, and overwhelmingly, 68% listed family-based visas as their family’s sole means of immigration.
  • 37%  know someone who has been detained and/or deported.
  • 32% know someone who was in/affected by an ICE raid.
  • 40% have or know someone who has experienced a hate crime because of perceived immigration status.
  • 70% have or know someone who has been negatively affected by English only material.

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