Immigration Reform and YOU: AAPI Immigrant Rights Community Forum

April 24, 2013

Contact: Paul Valen
(619) 328-7456

San Diego Asian American Pacific Islander Community and Labor Members United to HostForum on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

The San Diego chapter of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), the nation’s first and only organization for Asian Pacific American union members and allies, along with the United Domestic Workers of America (UDW), Filipino Migrant Center, the San Diego chapters of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) and 1Love Movement host “Immigration Reform and You: AAPI Immigrant Rights Community Forum”.

Highlighting testimonies from community members, the forum will focus on how immigration reform impacts the Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPIs), the fastest growing population in the U.S. Speakers will share and address roadmap to citizenship, worker’s rights, deportation and immigrant women and children. Elected officials including Mayor Bob Filner are invited to hear directly from and respond to constituents.

Gregory A. Cendana, APALA Executive Director
Monica Thammarath, NEA & APALA National Executive Board
Trinh Le, NAPAWF San Diego chapter
Diorella Gatchalian, DREAM student at San Diego State University
Sophat Hang, 1Love Movement San Diego chapter
Alex Montances, Filipino Migrant Center

Moderated by Johanna Puno Hester, APALA National President
Welcome remarks by Quynh Nguyen, NAPAWF San Diego chapter advisory board member
Closing remarks by Nicanora Montenegro, APALA San Diego Chapter President

Thursday, April 25th 5:00pm – 7:30pm

Sons of Guam Sons & Daughters of Guam Club
334 Willie James Jones Ave, San Diego, California 92102

WHY: AAPIs are stakeholders in immigration reform. Currently, of the 11 million aspiring citizens, over one million are AAPIs living in the shadows. Thousands of Southeast Asian refugees have been negatively impacted by unfair deportations after the enactment of 1996 reform laws. Family unity is among the top priorities for AAPIs – 2 million are waiting on family backlogs and as long as 20 years.