CAPAC Chairwoman Judy Chu Condemns Immigration Hearing on Minorities

Mar 1, 2011

Washington DC – Today, Congresswoman Judy Chu, Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), released the following statement on the Judiciary Immigration Subcommittee Hearing on “Making Immigration Work for American Minorities”.

“At a time when we should be working towards economic policies that benefit all Americans, the Majority seems more focused on elevating divisive rhetoric designed to pit minority communities against one another. If Republicans are truly concerned about the welfare of minorities and working families, they should be supporting the programs that lift up these communities during a tough recession.

Instead, they have slashed funding for programs like the MBDA when investing in minority and small businesses can create real American jobs.  They have made it harder for students to pay for college by cutting their Pell Grants by $845 dollars per student.

I stand with my colleagues in the Congressional Black Caucus and Congressional Hispanic Caucus to urge the Majority to work with us to fix the economy and our broken immigration system, rather than devoting their time to scapegoating immigrants and manufacturing conflicts.”

Rep. Chu’s concerned were echoed by organizations like the SEIU, the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the National Council of La Raza, and the Asian American Justice Center.

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The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) is comprised of Members of Congress of Asian and Pacific Islander descent and members who have a strong dedication to promoting the well-being of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Currently Chaired by Congresswoman Judy Chu, CAPAC has been addressing the needs of the AAPI community in all areas of American life since it was founded in 1994.