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Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Chair Joins Presidential Address on Immigration Reform

Remarks to Asian American Audience Emphasize President’s Inclusive Efforts

Published on Monday, November 25, 2013 | 2:19 pm

Today, Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27), Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), joined President Obama in San Francisco as he delivered his speech on comprehensive immigration reform at the Betty Ong Recreation Center. Today marks the first time the President has addressed the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community in a public forum about reforming our broken immigration system. Rep. Chu released the following statement:

“Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders – like every other immigrant community in the U.S. – have a tremendous stake in comprehensive immigration reform,” said Rep. Chu. “By speaking directly to an AAPI audience today, President Obama not only acknowledged that the AAPI community is invested in this process, but that we also have a crucial role to play in passing immigration reform. I will continue working with the President and Congressional leaders from both sides of the aisle to put in place a fair, workable process to fix our broken immigration laws.”

Over one million undocumented individuals in the United States come from Asian countries. In addition, Asians and Pacific Islanders make up over 40 percent of the 4.3 million individuals caught in our current immigration backlog.

As Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, Rep. Chu works to address issues of importance to the AAPI community, including immigration reform. In September, she joined with four other colleagues in the House of Representatives to introduce H.R. 15, a comprehensive immigration reform package that closely mirrors the bipartisan legislation passed in the U.S. Senate earlier this year. H.R. 15 currently has 191 co-sponsors, including three Republicans.

More information about H.R. 15 can be found here.

The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) is comprised of Members of Congress of Asian and Pacific Islander descent and Members who have a strong dedication to promoting the well-being of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Currently chaired by Congresswoman Judy Chu, CAPAC has been addressing the needs of the AAPI community in all areas of American life since it was founded in 1994. Visit website at


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