The Asian American Center for Advancing Justice and 18MillionRising.org has launched an online campaign, “18 Million Hearts: AAPIs for Immigration Reform,” to ensure that AAPI community priorities are included in immigration reform. The Asian American Center for Advancing Justice is comprised of the Asian American Justice Center (Washington, D.C.), Asian American Institute (Chicago), Asian Law Caucus (San Francisco), and Asian Pacific American Legal Center (Los Angeles).
The 18 Million Hearts campaign aims to lift up the voices of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the national discussion on immigration. With AAPIs are growing in strength, in number and in political power and with this campaign, we plan to flex our political muscles. Our community is nearly two-thirds immigrant and the fastest growing racial group in the nation, including in swing states like Nevada and Virginia. In the 2012 election, AAPI voters helped to tip the balance for President Obama, for whom 73% of Asian American voters cast their ballots.
The time has come for our community to mobilize and let Congress and the White House know how the broken immigration system is separating and hurting our families. Any reform of the immigration laws must fully incorporate our shared American values of family unity, fairness, and equality.
Our movement is growing. 2013 is the year. We look forward to winning the changes our communities so desperately need – with you. Join the 18 Million Hearts campaign, and sign our petition to ensure that our voices are heard!