Asian American immigration activists are expressing concern that the undocumented from their community won’t take advantage of President Obama’s executive action on immigration reform, reports NPR (photo from Ray from LA).
The President’s plan provides relief from deportation and work authorization for those who arrived before turning 16 and have been here five years as well as those parents of US Citizen or lawful US resident who have also been here at least 5 years.
“I think Asian-Americans still have a lot of shame for being undocumented, and they’re worried about being separated from their families,” said Stewart Kwoh, president of Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles.
Kwoh pledged that his organization was there to help the estimated 80,000 undocumented Asian immigrants in Los Angeles County and those in surrounding areas.
You can hear one undocumented Asian immigrants story in the audio clip below from NPR.