FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 21, 2018
Contact: Jason Tengco, NaFFAA Executive Director
NaFFAA Opposes Family Separation, Urges Congress to Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Washington, DC – The National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) opposes the separation of over 2,000 children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. On Wednesday, June 20, 2018, President Trump issued an Executive Order on immigration titled “Affording Congress an Opportunity to Address Family Separation.” While the President’s Executive Order may be seen as a step in the right direction, NaFFAA urges the Administration to take all necessary and permanent steps to end the inhumane practice of separating parents from their children. Moreover, NaFFAA calls upon Congress and the Administration to support legislation that fairly and humanely reforms immigration in the long term, and to oppose legislation that dismantles family-based visas.
“Like many of our Filipino family members, immigrants come to America to pursue opportunity, escape poverty, or reunite with their loved ones,” said NaFFAA National Chairman Brendan Flores. “We urge Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform that creates a pathway to citizenship for DREAMers and protects the family-based immigration system.”
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The National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization. Established in 1997, NaFFAA has been the standard bearer for promoting the welfare and well-being of the 4 million Filipinos and Filipino Americans throughout the United States. NaFFAA’s vision is to serve as the voice of all Filipinos and Filipino Americans by uniting, engaging, and empowering diverse individuals and community organizations through leadership development, civic engagement, and national advocacy.