Immigration Bill Draws Mixed Reactions from AAPI Communities

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 When the so-called ‘Gang of Eight’ Senators unveiled their proposed immigration reform bill, mainstream media and netizens were abuzz with reactions and statements. A host of immigration advocates, policymakers and think tanks gave their feedback on its provisions.

While some of these groups are still in the process of doing a thorough review of the 844-page bill (which was released Tuesday night but formally unveiled on Thursday), many have already expressed mixed reactions to the development.

Many have expressed positive reactions for this significant step towards reforming the broken US immigration system.

“We think it’s a step forward because there has been no bill for years and years, but there’s a lot of things that have to be improved to benefit our community,” said Asian Pacific American Legal Center Executive Director Stewart Kwoh during a press conference at the APALC community hall in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

Representative Judy Chu (D-Calif.) said that the proposal is a substantive first step toward effecting real change. She called it ‘the best chance in a generation to help aspiring Americans fulfill their dreams’ of becoming citizens.

“I commend the Gang of Eight for welcoming my views throughout this process,” Chu said in a press statement. Chu said that a bill she had authored – the POWER Act – was included in the proposal of the ‘Gang of Eight’ and that her provisions would protect immigrant workers from abusive employers.

According to Chu, other “promising components” of the bill include provisions on high-skilled workers, a pathway to citizenship, and a solution for DREAMers.

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