Asian Americans in the Immigration Mix
Posted by Jack Stephens on June 12, 2007
One of the most offensive provisions is the so-called “merit-based system” which would favor factors such as an immigrant’s job skills, English-speaking ability, and education level in awarding green cards. That means that one’s chances of getting a green card could depend on their class background and level of assimilation, meaning that poor uneducated immigrants could potentially be left by the wayside.
Family reunification is one of the most important immigration issues to Asian Americans. There are many Asian Americans and Latinos who have to wait decades to be reunited with loved ones. The Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) of Southern California, an organization that I’ve volunteered for, worked with local API community organizations to draft the APIA Principles for Immigration Reform [pdf], which states that China, India and the Philippines have some of the longest wait periods. Filipino Americans who sponsor their siblings have to wait an outrageous 23 years before their siblings can get an immigrant visa!