June 27, 2018, Washington, DC – OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates released the following statement in
response the House vote this afternoon. Speaker Ryan’s Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2018 failed to
pass by a 121-301 vote.
OCA applauds the defeat of Speaker Ryan’s immigration bill. The bill was similar to Representative Goodlatte’s bill
with cuts to the family reunification process, elimination of diversity visas, and increased difficultly for applicants
seeking refuge to be granted asylum. There are 1.6 million Asian applicants in the family visa backlog and over
120,000 Asian American DREAMers with no pathway to citizenship. Though we applaud the failure of Speaker Ryan’s
bill, we recognize its introduction as a distraction from other bipartisan immigration efforts in the House. We call on
Congress to continue working together to provide a solution for DREAMers while keeping families together, both at the
border and through the family reunification processes.
OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates is a national organization of community advocates dedicated to the
social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific American Islanders (AAPI’s.)
OCA Applauds the Defeat of Ryan Immigration Bill
OCA Disappointed in SCOTUS Decision to Uphold Travel Ban
June 27, 2018, Washington, DC – In response to the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Administration’s Travel
Ban, OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates released the following statement:
Yesterday, our justice system upheld the Administration’s Travel Ban – a policy that is rooted in xenophobia rather
than facts. Despite the context surrounding its intention, Justice Roberts and the majority opinion defended the ban on
national security grounds. The United States has a history of disenfranchising and targeting communities without
stating the obvious. Notably, Executive Order 9066 did not specify Japanese Americans, but it was applied to over
120,000 Japanese Americans on the grounds of national security. Indeed, it is extremely hypocritical of the majority
opinion to utilize their decision to overturn Korematsu v. United States; exchanging one racist policy for another only
harms our country. In light of the Court’s failure, we call on members of Congress to advance legislation prohibiting
the implementation of the travel ban.