CAPAC Chair Statement on Meeting with President Obama

Jul 23, 2013

Washington, DC – Today, 22 Members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) met with President Barack Obama at the White House. The meeting covered immigration reform, increasing diversity among presidential appointments, improving language access in enrollment for the Affordable Care Act, and pressing issues impacting Native Hawaiians and Pacific Island Territories, including federal recognition for Native Hawaiian self governance and equitable funding and treatment for the territories.  

Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27), CAPAC Chair: “The beauty of the American Dream is that no one has a claim to it, but everyone has a stake in it. CAPAC’s meeting with President Obama focused on promoting and securing this promise for all Americans.

“President Obama recognizes that good ideas can come from anywhere – and anyone. CAPAC and the President agree that passing comprehensive immigration reform is as vital to our economy as it is to our national security.

“But safeguarding opportunity also involves fostering talent, and ensuring government leadership reflects the diversity of our country. That is why CAPAC Members urged President Obama to address the disproportionate under-representation of Asian Americans in the federal government.

“Today’s meeting was very productive, and I appreciate the President’s receptiveness and willingness to address our concerns. President Obama has demonstrated throughout his presidency that he understands the needs of the Asian Pacific American community, and that fact was reinforced today.  We look forward to working with the President to ensure American opportunity is safeguarded for generations still to come.”

The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus’s immigration priorities can be found here.

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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.