President Obama Meets with National AANHPI Leaders
Executive Director Lisa Hasegawa of the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD) and 14 Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) leaders met with President Obama to discuss issues and challenges facing AANHPI families including implementation of the Affordable Care Act, how the President’s plans for immigration reform will affect our communities, and issues currently facing underserved Native Hawaiian communities.
“This historic meeting underscores the President’s commitment to our communities and certainly speaks to the growing political power of AANHPIs and the access we have in this Administration,” noted Lisa Hasegawa, Executive Director of National CAPACD. “With AA and NHPI populations growing faster than ever before, we appreciate the opportunity to speak candidly with the President about many of the most critical policies affecting our communities today."
Asian American Leaders Call for More Inclusive Immigration Bill
Senate legislation is step in right direction, but excludes needs of many immigrants
WASHINGTON — The National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA), a coalition of 30 national Asian Pacific American organizations, released the following statement Wednesday regarding the introduction of an immigration reform bill in the U.S. Senate:
We commend the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” senators for taking a necessary first step in reforming our nation’s broken immigration system. Provisions in the bill, Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013, address the family and employment systems, path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants and enforcement and border security, among others. However, we have significant concerns that certain provisions of the bill are not inclusive or broad-ranging enough. Our particular concerns are related to the changes in the family-based immigration system that will prevent families from reuniting with important loved ones; promoting business interests should not come at the expense of families.
NCAPA Urges Swift Confirmation of Perez for Labor Secretary
WASHINGTON – The National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA), a coalition of 30 national Asian Pacific American organizations, urges the prompt confirmation of Tom Perez as the next Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—At a summit with the monitor of the National Mortgage Settlement, the nation’s leading civil rights groups and community-based housing advocates called for increased principal reduction and more transparency in settlement implementation to ensure that communities of color are benefitting from loan modifications and other measures designed to help borrowers keep their homes.
National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development Statement on State of the Union Address
In his State of the Union address, President Obama outlined ambitious plans to restore the economy and ensure opportunity for all Americans. He underscored the need to protect investments in small business, job creation, and housing, and reiterated the importance of a fair and balanced approach to deficit reduction. The President specifically called upon Congress to avert looming across-the-board spending cuts – the sequester – that would dramatically scale back domestic federal programs and threaten the social safety net for millions of Americans.
National CAPACD Applauds HUD and Obama Administration on Anti-Discrimination Rules
The National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development applauds the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Obama Administration for issuing their “disparate impact” regulations that further the goals of the Fair Housing Act. This disparate impact doctrine, now codified, is a powerful tool to combat redlining, housing discrimination, and predatory lending based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin. Laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination based on national origin provide important protections for limited English speaking individuals. This announcement today formalizes national standards to more effectively identify and combat fair housing discrimination.
National CAPACD Urges Swift Confirmation of Richard Cordray to Lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
On Thursday, January 24th, President Obama nominated Richard Cordray to continue serving as Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD) supports the President’s nomination and encourages the Senate to swiftly confirm Mr. Cordray so that the CFPB can continue its important work protecting American consumers.
Asian Americans Largely Ignored by Both Parties, Voted for Obama by Huge Margin
Washington, DC—Asian Americans voted for President Barack Obama in enormous numbers this election, according to the Asian American Election Eve Poll, a joint project of the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD) and Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF). While only 41% identify as Democrats, Asian American voters broke for Barack Obama by a huge margin, with 72% voting for the President and 26% for Mitt Romney. In Congressional races, 73% of Asian American voters backed Democratic candidates, while 27% backed Republicans.
National CAPACD found that an incredible 51% of Asian American voters were not asked by any campaign, political party or community organization to vote or to register to vote.
ASIAN AMERICAN ELECTION EVE POLL SHOWS ASIAN AMERICAN ELECTORATE LARGELY IGNORED, BUT MAJOR FACTOR IN KEY RACES
Washington, DC—While the majority of Asian Americans were not asked by any campaign, political party or community organization to vote or to register to vote, their party affiliation is split — and their votes were largely up for grabs this cycle, a new poll shows.
ASIAN AMERICAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER COMMUNITIES FOCUS ON TURNING OUT THE VOTE
Final GOTV Weekend before November 6
Washington, DC — The National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD) is working with local communities throughout the U.S. on the final GOTV weekend before November 6. In critical races from coast to coast, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders will be making their voices heard and could be the deciding votes this Election Day.