Asian Americans slam proposed US immigration draft
Washington, April. 7 (PTI): Asian
American community leaders have slammed as “inhumane” and “un-American”
a newly leaked White House immigration draft which proposes to take
away the right of legal immigrants to sponsor their relatives to join
The document containing “a set of
principles” for immigration reform drafted by key Republican
Congressional representatives was circulated in Washington last week.
The plan creates temporary visas for undocumented immigrants and new
workers, but it also places more limits on American citizens ability to
bring their parents, children over age 21 and siblings to the United
“This plan attacks families and offers
false hope for those seeking to legalize,” Karen K. Narasaki, executive
director of the Washington-based Asian American Justice Center has been
quoted in the New American Media. The Asian American community is the
second largest group of immigrants who enter the United States through
family sponsorship or by being immediate relatives of American
According to statistics of the
Department of Homeland Security China, Vietnam and India are among the
top ten countries whose immigrants arrive through family sponsorship.
In 2005, about 17,000 Chinese obtained legal status in the United
States through family sponsorship; 26,800 became legal residents
because they were immediate relatives of U.S. citizens.
Because so many Asians enter the United
States through family quotas, the result of the White House draft could
be nearly the same as the Chinese Exclusion Act, Michael Lin, Executive
Director of the Organization of Chinese Americans has been quoted in
the media report.