OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates opposes the reintroduction of an anti-immigrant bill, the RAISE Act.
The bill reduces legal immigration, in part by a meritocracy system that favors English-speaking applicants of a certain socioeconomic status. Not only would the bill cut down immigration by approximately 50 percent per year, the bill also limits immigration of parents, grown children and siblings. The RAISE Act was introduced by Senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue.
“We strongly oppose the RAISE Act. It is a blatant attack on immigrants and only serves to incite fear among the American public. Two-thirds of Asian American Pacific Islanders are immigrants — 92% of AAPIs are immigrants or children of immigrants. Most AAPIs immigrate to the U.S. through a family system,” said Vicki Shu, OCA national vice president of Public Affairs. “America was built by immigrants, for immigrants; they and their children contribute vastly to our economy and actually increase the safety of our communities. The reintroduction of this bill is an attack on America’s familial values and principles of equality and access for everyone. We urge the Senate to oppose the bill.”
OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates is a national organization of community advocates dedicated to the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian American Pacific Islanders.