Stand UP for One Nation!

by Rev. Norman Fong

November 11, 2019

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Back on June 10, I went to Washington, DC to protest the new White House administrative ruling that would expand the types of public benefits that would not be accessible to those considered a “public charge” (a term used by U.S. immigration officials to refer to a person who is considered primarily dependent on the government for subsistence). I loved the unity and solidarity with representatives from the Congressional Asian, Black and Latino caucuses on this issue. We all knew this rule was meant to exclude the poor and immigrant population! It was so important to stand together and stop these hateful exclusionary rules!

Good news happened in October. Two federal courts blocked the public charge rule from going into effect Oct 15, but the damage had been done! Many legal immigrants, scared and worried, had stopped using their public benefits already. Immigrants have helped build America up for many many years and there are many Asian American leaders across the U.S. today! Even Asian American celebrities, bloggers, actors spoke up in support of the fight against public charge. “NO TO PUBLIC CHARGE”! The amazing leadership and supporters in One Nation AAPI (onenationaapi.com) held a conference Oct 29 and released a report with facts and stories on how immigrants have enriched America, and this is an excerpt from their release:

In WASHINGTON, DC, the One Nation Commission joined forces with Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13), Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27), Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), and Congressman Ruben Gallego (AZ-07), First Vice Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) to release the One Nation Commission Report, One Nation Built on the Strength of Immigrants. The One Nation Commission Report… bring to life the truth that immigrants are a benefit to the economy and society. Through the eyes and expertise of the One Nation Commissioners, Advisors, and their constituencies, the report is a handbook for … all who welcome and stand with immigrants. “This One Nation Commission report serves as a repudiation to the false premise upon which Public Charge lies,” said One Nation Commission Co-Chair Sherry Hirota. Commissioner Assemblyman Bonta, “I came to the U.S. when I was two months old. …The Muslim ban, the wall, the anti-immigrant rhetoric, the public charge issue, these are clear attacks on our American values...” Tung Nguyen said, “I am former Chair of the President Obama Advisory Commission on AAPIs… Studies of immigrant voters such as AAPIs show that we have the power to sway public opinion and swing elections.” Commissioner Kyu Rhee, VP/Chief Health Officer, IBM*, “My parents came and brought me at the age of 1 to this country because they saw it as a country of immigrants and a land of amazing opportunity. They instilled in my brother and me essential values of service, community, diversity, and hard work. I worked hard and was fortunate to train and study at some of the best institutions and hospitals, including Harvard, Yale, and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.” These are only a few of the stories told by people who understand the hard work of immigrants to better their children’s lives! The report supports the fact that IMMIGRANTS have helped build up America to what it is today!

“This country was built, and continues to stand, on the strength of immigrants. Immigrants forge cultural richness, stimulate innovation, and build creativity that complement the workforce to make America stronger – and that’s exactly what this new report from One Nation highlights,” said Congresswoman Barbara Lee. “It is Congress’ constitutional duty to write our immigration laws and ensure that they are equitable to ALL individuals regardless of race, age, or socioeconomic status. I hope my colleagues take these findings to heart and reject the Trump Administration’s cruel and xenophobic Public Charge rule once and for all.”

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“This country was built, and continues to stand, on the strength of immigrants. Immigrants forge cultural richness, stimulate innovation, and build creativity that complement the workforce to make America stronger – and that’s exactly what this new report from One Nation highlights,” said Congresswoman Barbara Lee. “It is Congress’ constitutional duty to write our immigration laws and ensure that they are equitable to ALL individuals regardless of race, age, or socioeconomic status. I hope my colleagues take these findings to heart and reject the Trump Administration’s cruel and xenophobic Public Charge rule once and for all.”

The scare-tactics by the Trump administration should not win over our hard work and love for our country! To call immigrants and people who need help a “public charge” is anti-American! So I want us to continue to STAND UP FOR ONE NATION, OUR TRUE NATION, ONE OF LOVE AND KINDNESS, ACCEPTANCE and above all, a nation built on immigrants.

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Originally published in Sing Tao Daily on November 10, 2019
 
 
 
 

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