Even as the immigration bill passed today on a 68-32 bipartisan vote., Asian American civil rights group who support the bill are bracing for changes they may not fully embrace.
“We are very concerned that women and families could be disadvantaged by the dramatic shift away from the family-based system,” said Jacinta Ma, deputy director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice, reports the China Daily.
The bill gives priority to highly educated immigrants, disadvantaging in AAAJ’s view, women who may not have the same access in their countries to education as men.
“The current Senate bill is a radical departure from the historic 1965 immigration law that allowed for immigration based on family ties. Separated family members are crying out against this attack on families,” said Jenny Seon, immigration-policy director at the Korean Resource Center,
A coalition of four Asian American civil rights groups pledged to continue the fight for family reunification when the bill hits the House of Representatives next week.
You can read more about the group’s concerns in the China Daily.