OCA Calls on Congress to Pass the Dream and Promise Act

Washington, DC - OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates calls on Congress to pass the Dream and Promise Act, also known as H.R.
6. The bill was introduced yesterday by Representatives Nydia Velazques (D-NY), Yvette Clarke (D-NY), and Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA),
and included provisions that would:

•        Cancel removal proceedings for Dreamers of certain criteria;
•        Allow these groups to apply for green cards and ultimately, citizenship; and,
•        Permanently protect undocumented youth, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) holders from
deportation.

“Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) families have been torn apart as a result of the Administration’s previous decisions to end
the DACA program and certain TPS protections. These decisions could impact over 800,000 AAPI Dreamers and 100,000 AAPI and
Latinx affected TPS holders,” said Roland Hwang, OCA Vice President of Public Affairs. “Although H.R.6 does not provide further
protections for family members of these groups, Congress has a chance to bring justice and take the first step towards fixing our broken
immigration system by passing this bill.”

OCA Joins Amicus Brief in Support of Race Conscious Admissions in UNC Case

Washington, DC – OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates joined Asian Americans Advancing Justice – AAJC, alongside 60 other
national Asian American and Pacific Islander organizations and 25 professors, in filing an amicus brief in support of race-conscious
admissions at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC.)

Edward Blum, the strategist behind two other admissions cases, and his organization, Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA), filed a
lawsuit against UNC to end race-conscious admissions. While their case does not rest on an Asian American student example, their
briefing claims that Asian Americans are also disadvantaged.

“Race-conscious admissions is one of the few ways that creates a level playing field in this society,” said Sharon M. Wong, OCA
National President. “It must be an obligation to ensure that there are equal opportunities for marginalized communities, like Southeast
Asians and Pacific Islanders, who have the lowest rates of educational attainment among all racial groups. Asian Americans and Pacific
Islanders are not a monolith, and OCA will continue to fight efforts that attack affirmative action and access to higher education.”


OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates is a national organization of community advocates dedicated to the social, political, and
economic well-being of Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPIs.)