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Immigrant Rights Action Alert!

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Korean Americans Condemn White House Plan for Immigration
For weeks, the White House has been working on a set of immigration principles with Senate Republicans. On March 29, 2007, these principles were leaked to the press. The National Korean American Service & Education Consortium and its affiliates — Korean American Resource & Cultural Center (KRCC) of Chicago, the Korean Resource Center (KRC) of Los Angeles, and YKASEC – Empowering the Korean American Community (YKASEC) of New York — strongly condemn this extreme, inhumane, and unacceptable proposal.

Tell President Bush that his proposal is anti-family, anti-worker, and anti-immigrant. Call 202-456-1111
or e-mail comments@whitehouse.gov to make your voice heard TODAY.

For the full press statement from NAKASEC and its affiliates, please click here.

For a summary of the White House immigration reform principles, please click here.


Immigration Reform Bill Introduced in House
On March 22, 2007, Representative Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) and Representative Jeff Flake (R-AZ) took an important step forward by introducing bipartisan comprehensive legislation designed to fix our nation’s broken immigration system. While NAKASEC and its affiliates will be studying the details of this specific legislation, the STRIVE (Security Through Regularized Immigration and Vibrant Economy) Act appears to contain provisions that align with most of the basic principles that Korean American and all immigrant communities uphold with respect to immigration policy. They include keeping families together by eliminating the immigration backlogs, stopping mandatory and indefinite detentions and cruel deportations for minor infractions; bringing millions of hard working undocumented immigrations and their children out of the shadows and provide them a path to citizenship; protect all workers immigrant and US-born alike; allowing young immigrant to reach their full potential through access to college; and protecting and restoring basic rights and liberties.

For a summary of the STRIVE Act of 2007, please click here.

For the full text of the STRIVE Act, please click here.


APA Mobilization for Immigration Reform

SAVE THE DATE!

Building America’s Future Together:
Immigration Reform NOW!

National Mobilization for Asian Pacific Americans
for Just and Humane Immigration Reform

When: April 30 & May 1, 2007

Where: Washington, D.C.

Activities Include:

– Community Panels
– Advocacy Trainings
– Legislative Visits
– Press Conference
– Rally

Please join us for this historic event as we celebrate May Day and Asian Pacific American Heritage Month!

TO REGISTER, ENDORSE, OR FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Please contact Morna Ha at NAKASEC at (323) 937-3703 x201 or mha@nakasec.org

Convening Organizations: National Korean American Service & Education Consortium, Korean American Resource & Cultural Center of Chicago, Korean Resource Center of Los Angeles, YKASEC-Empowering the Korean American Community of New York, Southeast Asia Resource Action Center, National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development, South Asian American Leaders of Tomorrow, Asian American Justice Center, Organization of Chinese Americans, Japanese American Citizens League, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA, AFL-CIO), National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, National Federation of Filipino American Assocations


A Night of 1,000 Conversations
On Thursday, April 5, 2007 thousands of people all across the country will come together in living rooms, basements, back yards, community centers, schools, and places of worship to work towards immigration reform that restores basic civil liberties and human rights, protects our core American values of fairness and justice, and defends due process for everyone. NAKASEC and its affiliates are mobilizing and training 40 community members to act as conversation hosts, and approximately 400 people in total will participate in these conversations.

For more information or to find a conversation in your area, please contact Juhyung Lee at (323) 937-3703 x202 or jlee@nakasec.org.


DREAM Act Picture Postcard Campaign
The DREAM Act Picture Postcard Campaign is a compelling way for thousands of individuals to send a clear, strong message to Congress in support of the DREAM Act, which allows undocumented students to go to college and become successful US citizens.

The front of the postcard will have one of the following messages:

1) Everyone has a DREAM…what’s yours?
2) Which one won’t have a chance to DREAM?

The back of the postcard will have the following common message: “Everyone deserves the chance to pursue their dreams. I support the DREAM Act because it will give students the opportunity to get the education needed to live theirs and to make America stronger.”

For more information or to get involved in the DREAM Act Picture Postcard Campaign, please contact Morna Ha at (323) 937-3703 x201 or mha@nakasec.org.


Call Congress to Pass the DREAM Act!
Call (202) 224-3121 before 5 PM EST to contact your Representative and Senators. You may give your zip code to the operator to get connected to your elected officials.

You may also look up your Congressmembers at www.congress.org.

The following is a suggested message:

“Hello. My name is and I am calling from . I urge to support the DREAM Act which was just introduced. The DREAM Act offers all young students the chance and opportunity to obtain higher education and employment opportunities. Please support the DREAM Act and DREAM students who will become successful and ultimately be a benefit to the U.S.”

If your Congressmember already supports the DREAM Act, please be sure to thank them.