Organizational Statement | NAPABA Urges Administration to De-Escalate Tensions at Border

Organizational Statement

For Immediate Release
November 27, 2018

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NAPABA Urges Administration to De-Escalate Tensions at the U.S. Border and Congress to Focus on Improving the U.S. Immigration System

The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) expresses its deep concern about the recent actions by U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the U.S.-Mexico Border, which involved firing tear gas at asylum-seekers, including children. NAPABA reiterates its request for the Administration to stop anti-immigrant practices that are contrary to our laws and our American values.

“The United States has a long history of being a home and a haven for immigrants from all across the world. While our borders need to be secured and our laws enforced, we must show compassion and offer protection for those seeking asylum within our borders,” stated Daniel Sakaguchi, NAPABA president. “We must uphold our current laws protecting asylum-seekers and not resort to violence. As a nation of immigrants, we cannot turn our backs on those most in need of protection and refuge.”

We strongly urge our nation’s leaders to uphold the laws of the land that protect immigrants, refugees, and asylum-seekers from all countries. We also urge Congress and the Administration to consider bipartisan immigration reform that will protect the safety and dignity of those who reach our borders seeking refuge, including increased financial and personnel support for asylum application review.

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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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