Thursday, July 26, 2007

Press conference on immigration reform planned

For Immediate Release
Thursday, July 26, 2007

MEDIA ADVISORY Contact: Leonie Campbell (202) 296-2300 x135; (202) 492-4591 (Cell)

TELEPHONIC BRIEFINGImmigrant Rights Leaders to Discuss Increased Anti-Immigrant Measures in Congress and the Need for Community Action

WHAT: On the record briefing with Q & A

WHEN: Monday, July 30, 2007 ~ 3:00 p.m. (EDT) 12:00 p.m. (PST)

HOW: To register and obtain the call-in number, please contact Leonie Campbell at (202) 296-2300 x135 or

WHO: Karen K. Narasaki, President and Executive Director, Asian American Justice Center
Josh Bernstein, Federal Policy Director, National Immigration Law Center
Deepa Iyer, Executive Director, South Asian American Leaders of Tomorrow
Eun Sook Lee, Executive Director, National Korean American Service and Education Consortium
Kerri Sherlock Talbot, Director of Policy and Planning, Rights Working Group

Background: Last week 57 senators voted for Senator John Ensign’s (R-NV) amendment to the unrelated education bill, H.R. 2669, which would have cut off the Social Security benefits of naturalized citizens who could not prove they were work-authorized for every quarter they contributed to the system. The failed amendment, which required 60 votes for passage, is part of a disturbing trend of Senators and Representatives attempting to restrict the rights of even long time legal permanent residents. Despite the demise of the comprehensive immigration reform bill in the Senate, Congress has not dropped the issue of immigration. Unfortunately, many politicians are seeking to push anti-immigrant measures as immigration reform. Speakers will discuss attempts to further restrict access to food stamps for legal permanent residents and naturalized citizens and appropriations bills that make the extremely flawed Basic Pilot immigration verification system mandatory for any company receiving funds under the Act.

They will provide information on the impact of anti-immigrant measures on the Asian American community and offer ways for community members to help stop the alarming anti-immigrant trend. In addition, the panel of immigrant rights leaders will talk about the many attempts to enlist state and local police to enforce federal civil immigration laws at the expense of community policing.

The Asian American Justice Center ( is a national organization dedicated to defending and advancing the civil and human rights of Asian Americans. It works closely with three affiliates – the Asian American Institute in Chicago (, the Asian Law Caucus ( in San Francisco, and the Asian Pacific American Legal Center ( in Los Angeles – and nearly 100 community partners in 49 cities, 23 states and Washington, D.C.