Asian Pacific American Communities Unite to Launch â€˜National Picture Postcard Campaignâ€
30 Jul 2006
Washington, D.C. -- Today, Asian Pacific American organizations held coordinated press conferences in cities across the country to announce the launch of the "We Are America" Picture Postcard Campaign. Throughout the summer, national and local organizations serving Asian Pacific American communities will reach out to its members to send tens-of-thousands of picture postcards of immigrant families, workers and neighbors to members of Congress urging them to support just and humane immigration reform.
"Asian Pacific American families are deeply impacted by our immigration laws," said Lisa Hasegawa, Chair of the National Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans. "This campaign is a compelling way for immigrants and descendants of immigrants to tell their stories and send photographs of immigrants as America's families, workers and neighbors."
The passage of the draconian immigration bill, H.R. 4437, sparked historic mass mobilizations across the country. Immigrant communities, in particular Asian Pacific American communities, have been engaged like never before to fight for workable and comprehensive reform. Local and national Asian Pacific American groups joined together to initiate the Picture Postcard Campaign to build upon the momentum of the immigration marches.
Asian Pacific American communities are uniquely impacted by the entire gamut of problems stemming from the broken immigration system. Of the 15 million Asian Pacific Americans living in the United States, 67% or 8.7 million are immigrants, 1.5 million are undocumented and millions more are caught in immigration backlogs, forced to wait many years to be reunited with their family members. In addition, Asian Pacific American families have been torn apart by the unjust deportation policies and disparately impacted by the rollback of civil liberties and civil rights in the aftermath of 9/11.
With the passage of immigration bills in both the House and Senate, we are urging our representatives to support fair, humane and comprehensive immigration reform that will impact the lives of all Americans and determine what we stand for as a nation. At this critical juncture, the Picture Postcard Campaign will galvanize our communities to express our concerns, shape the debate and unite Americans behind a common vision that immigration reform is good for America.