With the Senate Judiciary Committee scheduled to take-up the immigration reform bill this week, U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens) sent the following letter to Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), one of the eight senators -- known as the Gang of Eight -- who authored the sweeping legislative proposal.
The correspondence objects to the limitations that the legislation would impose on family reunification, and requests that changes be made to the bill so that the country's family-based immigration system remains in place. In its present form, the legislation would effectively eliminate the ability of U.S. citizens to sponsor their adult siblings and married adult children for legal permanent residence, a provision that would adversely impact Asian-Americans.
The letter also expresses concerns about the negative effect that the E-Verify system proposed in the bill would have on immigrant communities.
Meng's letter is endorsed by 17 Queens and New York City immigration advocacy groups including:
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
Asian American Bar Association of New York
Asian Americans for Equality
Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) NY Chapter
Chinese-American Planning Council
Chinese Progressive Association
Coalition for Asian American Children & Families
Greater Chinatown Community Association
Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York
Korean American Family Service Center
Korean Americans for Political Advancement
MinKwon Center for Community Action
Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA), NY Chapter
South Asian Council for Social Services
YWCA of Queens