Highlighting testimonies from community members, the forum will focus on how immigration reform impacts the Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPIs), the fastest growing population in the U.S. Speakers will share and address roadmap to citizenship, worker’s rights, deportation and immigrant women and children. Elected officials including Mayor Jerry Sanders are invited to hear directly from and respond to constituents.
- Gregory A. Cendana, APALA Executive Director
- Monica Thammarath, NEA & APALA National Exec Board
- Trinh Le, NAPAWF San Diego chapter
- Diorella Gatchalian, DREAM student at San Diego State University
- Sophat Hang, 1Love Movement San Diego chapter
- Alex Montances, Filipino Migrant Center
- Moderated by Johanna Puno Hester, UDW & APALA National President
- Closing remarks by Nicanora Montenegro, APALA San Diego Chapter President
WHEN: Thursday, April 25th 5:00pm - 7:30pm
WHERE: Sons of Guam Sons & Daughters of Guam Club (334 Willie James Jones Ave, San Diego, California 92102)
WHY: AAPIs are stakeholders in immigration reform. Currently, of the 11 million aspiring citizens, over one million are AAPIs living in the shadows. Thousands of Southeast Asian refugees have been negatively impacted by unfair deportations after the enactment of 1996 reform laws. Family unity is among the top priorities for AAPIs – 2 million are waiting on family backlogs and as long as 20 years.