Secretary Mayorkas and CAPAC Members Discuss Immigration and AAPIs

Nov 15, 2021 Issues: Immigration

Washington, D.C. — Today, members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) met with Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. After the meeting, CAPAC Chair Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) issued the following statement:

“Asian Americans are just 6% of the total US population, but make up 27% of America’s foreign-born population. That makes immigration – and reforms that allow families to stay together – incredibly important to our community, even though AAPIs are often overlooked in conversations about immigration reform. That is why we were so grateful to Secretary Mayorkas for taking the time to meet with us and address our priorities and concerns. In particular, we stressed the need to address the family visa backlog which has kept over 1.5 million individuals from Asia in a state of limbo waiting to be reunited with their families, and another 1.7 million Asian immigrants undocumented in the US. We also discussed the need to better protect the approximately 16% of undocumented immigrants from Asia, in addition to the thousands who are here under Temporary Protected Status (TPS). The Department of Homeland Security has a vital role to play in the future of the AAPI community, and we are so pleased to have a leader like Secretary Mayorkas who listens to our needs and understands the diversity of AAPI immigrant experiences.”