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OCA Outraged at President Trump’s Termination of DACA
Washington, D.C. – OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates is outraged at President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred
Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program.
Though the program has been rescinded, current beneficiaries of the DACA program will not be affected until March 5,
2018. Within these six months, it will be up to Congress to pass new legislation regarding the future of these DREAMers
and other immigrants. However, no new applications to DACA will be accepted.
“We are outraged that President Trump eliminated the DACA program. Despite bipartisan and overwhelming American
support, President Trump still condemned over 100,000* DREAMers to deportation. In light of the President's failure,
Congress must swiftly pass the DREAM Act or similar legislation. There needs to be policies that lay out a clear path to
citizenship, and separate local law enforcement from federal immigration enforcement. OCA will work with our community
partners to fight to protect undocumented communities,” said Vicki Shu, OCA National Vice President of Public Affairs.
*This number prefers to the number of Asian American Pacific Islander immigrants who were eligible for the DACA program.
OCA Opposes President Trump’s Intent to Eliminate Diversity Visa Program
Washington, DC – OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates opposes the President’s attempts to undermine the Diversity
The Diversity Visa Program grants a limited number of individuals applying from qualified countries immigrant visas. Each
year, 50,000 diversity immigrant visas are made available to those who pass the same screening, background checks,
medical examines and interviews like any other immigrant. Between 2007 and 2016, nearly 473,000 people were granted a
diversity visa. Most of the visas were granted to Africans, who made up 43% of the total granted last year, compared to 32%
to Europeans, 19% to Asians, 3% to Latin Americans, and less than 1% to people from Oceania.
“Asians have historically been the targets of restrictive immigration policies,” said Vicki Shu, OCA National Vice President of
Public Affairs. “The President’s efforts to eliminate the diversity visa program is yet another way of limiting immigration. With
Asian immigrants from Bhutan, Burma, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal,
Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, and Thailand, the diversity visa program has been essential in strengthening Asian
American and Pacific Islander communities and enriching the fabric of our country.”
OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates is a national organization of community advocates dedicated to improving the
social, political, and economic well-being of Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPIs).