Today, Senators Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nevada), and Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) announced the introduction of new legislation to rescind President Trump’s Executive Order on Interior Enforcement, which directs the Department of Homeland Security to prioritize the deportation of a vast majority of undocumented immigrants living and contributing to our communities. The senators highlighted the need to keep hard-working immigrant families together and pass comprehensive immigration reform.
National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) Interim Executive Director Sung Yeon Choimorrow issued the following statement in response:
“National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum applauds Senators Hirono, Cortez Masto and Durbin’s dedication to protecting immigrant families. While this President and his administration continue to lash out against our vulnerable communities, NAPAWF is heartened to see legislators standing up for immigrants facing unjust deportation.
“NAPAWF is also pleased to support efforts for comprehensive immigration reform. The Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community is the fastest-growing community of immigrants in the United States. With more than 10 million AAPI women and girls living in the U.S. and more than half a million undocumented AAPI immigrants in this country, we need immigration policies that protect immigrants instead of punishing them.
“Today’s announcement is a step in the fight for immigrant justice, but it is not the end. Just one day after “A Day Without Immigrants,” it is clear that this nation has undervalued the contributions of immigrants for too long. NAPAWF will continue fighting for health care accessibility for low-income immigrants, economic policies that protect workers, and an immigration system that works for all of us. We call on our elected officials to continue joining us in the struggle to ensure the dignity of immigrants.”
The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF): NAPAWF is the only multi-issue, progressive, community organizing and policy advocacy organization for Asian American and Pacific Islander women and girls in the U.S. NAPAWF’s mission is to build a movement to advance social justice and human rights for Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) women and girls.