You can help make our nation’s immigration policies more fair and inclusive.
As we wrote previously, the Senate immigration reform bill now being considered has a number of positive aspects, but major improvements are needed. For example, the proposal completely eliminates the category for brothers and sisters of U.S. citizens to apply for visas, and thereby rejects the progressive family values that make communities, especially immigrant and Asian American communities, vibrant and strong.
So, if brothers and sisters fit into your definition of a family, you can do something to help. Support amendments introduced by Senator Mazie Hirono to restore the sibling category and to strengthen family-based immigration by adding your name to our support letter.
Dozens of elected officials, community leaders, and immigrant rights organizations have already signed our letter to Senator Dianne Feinstein. You can see a partial list of these endorsements below. Add your name and show that you, too, want immigration that values families.
Every part of immigration reform -- whether creating a pathway to citizenship for all immigrants, protecting worker and civil rights, keeping all families together, or building a country based on the promise of inclusion and opportunity -- affects every community. We see our efforts as part of a broader whole.
Thank you for your support.
Jenny Lam, Director of Community Initiatives
Vincent Pan, Executive Director
Endorsements of Hirono Amendments to Strengthen Family-Based Immigration
David Chiu, President, San Francisco Board of Supervisors
John Avalos, Member, San Francisco Board of Supervisors
David Campos, Member, San Francisco Board of Supervisors
Jane Kim, Member, San Francisco Board of Supervisors
Eric Mar, Member, San Francisco Board of Supervisors
Norman Yee, Member, San Francisco Board of Supervisors
Sandra Lee Fewer, Vice-President, San Francisco Board of Education
Henry Der, Co-Chair, Friends of Educational Opportunities for Chinatown*
Heather Fong, Former Chief, San Francisco Police Department*
Norman Fong, Executive Director, Chinatown Community Development Center
Helen Hui, Past Board President, American Immigration Lawyers Association*
Dean Ito, Executive Director, Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach
Rev. Deborah Lee, Director, Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights
Frances Lee, Former Vice Chancellor, City College of San Francisco*
May Leong, Executive Director, Cameron House
Rev. Sebastian Ong, Chinese Congregational Church
Jon Osaki, Executive Director, Japanese Community Youth Council
Alex Tom, Executive Director, Chinese Progressive Association
Monica Walters, Executive Director, Wu Yee Children's Services
Sarah Wan, Executive Director, Community Youth Center
Ling-chi Wang, Professor, University of California, Berkeley*
C.C. Yin, Founder and Chairman, Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association
Asian Law Caucus
Asian Students Promoting Immigrant Rights through Education (ASPIRE)
API Equality - Northern California
Central American Resource Center (CARECEN)
Causa Justa :: Just Cause
Council on American-Islamic Relations, San Francisco Bay Area (CAIR-SFBA)
Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth
Dolores Street Community Services
Immigrant Legal Resource Center
La Raza Centro Legal
Mujeres Unidas y Activas
Our Family Coalition
People Organizing to Demand Environmental & Economic Rights (PODER)
*Organization listed for identification purposes only
For information on CAA SF, please visit www.caasf.org