STATEMENT: We are biking border to border on the West Coast to demand Citizenship For All!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 30, 2018

 

CONTACT: Sam Yu | syu@nakasec.org | 213-703-0992 (English)

      Ashley Yu | ashley@krcla.org | 323-212-4188 (English)

      Youngwoon Han | yhan@nakasec.org | 312-339-6993 (한국어)

 

We are biking border to border on the West Coast to demand Citizenship For All!

 

Chicago, IL – NAKASEC & Affiliates, HANA Center of greater Chicago, Korean Resource Center of Southern California, and its growing chapter NAKASEC VA, are proud to announce our new “Citizenship For All” campaign which will be launched through our upcoming, border to border “Journey to Justice” Bike Tour August 2018.

 

NAKASEC & Affiliates’ “Citizenship For All” campaign came from our realization that the Trump administration and members of Congress are willing to hold our young people’s futures hostages to cut family-based sponsorship (“family reunification”) and diversity visas while also allocating more resources towards a border wall and enforcement. We cannot stand for this and demand full citizenship for all non-citizens, from the undocumented to lawful permanent residents. Specifically, NAKASEC & Affiliates call for: a pathway to citizenship for all, citizenship for all intercountry adoptees, protections for family reunification, and no more deportations.

 

Young Woon Han, Community Organizer with NAKASEC, shared:
“We are tired of Congress and this administration using our communities as bargaining chips to push for what they think is comprehensive immigration reform. We know exactly what comprehensive immigration reform looks like which is why we are calling for a pathway to citizenship for all non-citizens. LPRS, adoptees, TPS holders, everyone!”

 

To launch the “Citizenship For All” campaign, NAKASEC & Affiliates will embark on a border to border bike tour under the name “Journey to Justice.” Starting on August 1, our young leaders and allies will bike from Seattle, Washington and continue on until September 6 where we will end the tour in San Diego, California. Through this campaign, our young leaders will cultivate genuine relationships with the rural and urban communities we will bike to, build coalitions with local immigrant and AAPI organizations, and advocate for policy change that provides a clear pathway to citizenship for all non-citizens.

 

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Founded in 1994, the National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC)’s mission is to organize Korean and Asian Americans to achieve social, economic, and racial justice.  NAKASEC maintains offices in Annandale, Virginia, Chicago, Illinois and Los Angeles, California. NAKASEC has affiliates in Chicago (HANA Center) and Los Angeles and Orange County (Korean Resource Center).