12.16.2009

teleconference with mike honda on immigration reform legislation

Tomorrow, the Asian Pacific American Legal Center and National Korean American Services and Education Consortium will host a listening and Q&A session on Rep. Mike Honda's teleconference on new comprehensive immigration reform legislation. Read on for details:
TELEPHONIC BRIEFING

Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill Introduced; Special Q&A Session on Thursday for API Communities

WHAT: A listening and Q&A session on Rep. Mike Honda's teleconference on new comprehensive immigration reform legislation, sponsored by APALC and NAKASEC. The press will hear telephonically from Rep. Honda (D-CA), Karen Narasaki from the Asian American Justice Center (AAJC), and Eunsook Lee from the National Korean American Services and Education Consortium (NAKASEC). Following the listening session, advocates from the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) community in Los Angeles will host a Q&A session on the new legislation for the press and other community members.

WHEN: Thursday, December 17, at 12:30pm

WHERE: Asian Pacific American Legal Center
Community Room, 1st Floor, 1145 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90017

WHO: Local Speakers and Participants include:
- Sara Sadhwani, Asian Pacific American Legal Center
- Connie Choi, Asian Pacific American Legal Center
- Olivia Park, National Korean American Services and Education Consortium
- Kristin Fukushima, Japanese American Citizens' League

WHY: On Tuesday, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), Rep. Honda and more than 80 members of Congress introduced the Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America's Security and Prosperity Act of 2009 (CIR ASAP). Honda will discuss various aspects of the legislation, including the status of his Reuniting Families Act. As chairman of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, Rep. Honda brings a unique perspective to the comprehensive immigration reform debate. He will discuss the importance of comprehensive immigration reform to the API community, the need for APIs to mobilize and why passage of legislation to fix our broken immigration system next year is imperative.
Press and community members are welcome to sit in on the conversation. This is part of a continued effort to make sure that Asian Pacific Americans are included in the national dialogue on immigration reform -- a conversation that affects our community now more than ever.