Organizational Statement | NAPABA Supports the Reuniting Families Act of 2019

For Immediate Release
July 17, 2019

                             For More Information, Contact:
                             Navdeep Singh, Policy Director


NAPABA Supports the Reuniting Families Act of 2019

The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) supports the reintroduction of the Reuniting Families Act of 2019, led by Representative Judy Chu (D-CA). The bill attempts to help families separated by the family visa processing backlog that arises from administrative delays and due to the limited number of family-based visas available for eligible individuals. Because of these delays, many immigrant families who enter the queue for lawful entry to the U.S. are unnecessarily separated from each other for extended periods of time as they await processing, including many Asian Pacific American families.

Currently, over 4million people who are lawfully eligible to immigrate to the U.S. are in the family immigration backlog. The Reuniting Families Act will reduce these delays by reallocating unused visas, prioritizing the spouses and children of green card holders as immediate relatives, providing relief for the widows and orphans of applicants who had previously been denied visas if their sponsoring relative died during processing, and expediting the processing of visas for the children of World War II veterans from the Philippines as promised years ago, among other process improvementsfor those with employment visas. The Reuniting Families Act is a compelling reminder that the United States should always uphold core national values of family and fairness in our immigration system.

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The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) is the national association of Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students. NAPABA represents the interests of almost 50,000 attorneys and over 80 national, state, and local Asian Pacific American bar associations. Its members include solo practitioners, large firm lawyers, corporate counsel, legal services and non-profit attorneys, and lawyers serving at all levels of government.

 NAPABA continues to be a leader in addressing civil rights issues confronting Asian Pacific American communities. Through its national network of committees and affiliates, NAPABA provides a strong voice for increased diversity of the federal and state judiciaries, advocates for equal opportunity in the workplace, works to eliminate hate crimes and anti-immigrant sentiment, and promotes the professional development of people of color in the legal profession.

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