A coalition of Asian American and Pacific Islander organizations met today to urge community members to rally together against the elimination of extended family visas.
The coalition, called API Fire, congregated in Unidad Park in Los Angeles’ Historic Filipinotown on Wednesday; they are facing off against a bipartisan group of U.S. senators, known as the Gang of Eight, who are deliberating on comprehensive immigration reform.
One suggested change on the table is to limit family visas in favor of more visas for highly skilled workers. This would mean that individuals currently residing in the United States could not sponsor to have their siblings or any married children over the age of 21 join them.
“It’s very important to have immigration reform,” said Stewart Kwoh, executive director of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center. “Our system is broken and we need to have changes, but the changes need to be in favor of family unity and family reunification.” Continue Reading »
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by CRYSTAL KIM
Asian Americans are the fastest growing racial group in America, according to a new study conducted by the Pew Research Center.
The Washington, D.C.-based think tank’s report also showed that Asian Americans have the highest median income and are the most educated. The 2012 American-Asian Survey was based on telephone interviews with more than 3,500 Asian adults living in all 50 states.
The Center’s analysis of 2010 census data revealed that Asians have exceeded Hispanics in immigration. They have also excelled academically, with 49% having received at least a bachelor’s degree by the age of 25. Asians also report a medium household income of $66,000 — nearly $20,000 more than the average household income in the U.S. Continue Reading »
To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the tragic death of Vincent Chin, the victim of a racial hate crime that galvanized the Asian American community, the Asian Pacific Americans for Progress presents Vincent Chin 30: Standing Up Then and Now. The nationwide Google Hangout event will connect people despite geographic distance and demographic differences on issues every one wants to stop: bullying, hazing, and hate crimes. Continue Reading »
The nephew of U.S. Rep. Judy Chu committed suicide in Afghanistan shortly after being hazed by his fellow Marines, according to an investigative report published yesterday by the Marine Corps Times.
Lance Cpl. Harry Lew, 21, died on April 3 but the Defense Department did not disclose details surrounding the circumstances of his death when they released the news the following day, merely saying he died while supporting combat operations in Helmand province.
The Marine Corps Times reported that Lew was hazed by two fellow Marines after he fell asleep in a foxhole while on guard duty.
The report outlines an incident at Patrol Base Gowragi, in Nawa district, that escalated over several hours. It began with Lew not responding to calls on his radio about 11:15 p.m. on April 2. A sergeant found him sleeping in a fighting hole, and told other lance corporals that “peers should correct peers,” without providing specific instruction, the report said.
Two other lance corporals, whose names are redacted from the report, pulled Lew from the fighting hole by his helmet at about 11:30 p.m. and berated him for falling asleep, the report said. Over the next four hours, they berated him repeatedly and ordered him to do pushups, crunches and other exercises while he was wearing his body armor, according to the investigation. One of the Marines stomped on his leg repeatedly when he “failed to do an exercise properly,” the report said.
Eventually, one of the Marines assaulted Lew again at about 3:05 a.m., according to the investigation. The lance corporal kicked dirt on Lew, kicked him and punched him before being stopped by another Marine, the report said.
Lew killed himself while alone in the fighting hole within the hour.
“May hate me now, but in the long run this was the right choice I’m sorry my mom deserves the truth,” a message found on Lew’s arm said, according to the Marine Corps Times.
One Marine is facing a court martial while the other faces Continue Reading »