This month we celebrate the heritage of the Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) community and their contributions to our country. We also celebrate increasing political empowerment of AAPI’s as our community is finding its political voice.
With over 20 million citizens nationwide, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are among the fastest growing demographics in the country and are an integral part of our nation’s future. And this growing community supports the Democrats’ mission to improve our schools, spur job creation and economic growth, and ensure that everyone can participate equally in our society.
During a Gotta Vote bus tour stop at the Schofield Oriental Market, a grocery store and gathering place for the Hmong community in Wausau, Thomas, OFA's Hmong vote director, says his community—more than 50,000 strong in Wisconsin—stands with President Obama.
"We are very supportive of the President," says Thomas. "We are the middle class and the lower class, and what the President has done for the last four years has greatly benefited the community. We need him to continue."
Like so many others we've met on the Gotta Vote bus, Lee says the Affordable Care Act has had a major impact on his family. "I have three kids who have graduated from high school and went on to college, and now my health insurance does cover my children. That has been very good for my family."
So Lee has been doing his part to get out the vote across the state, educating Hmong Americans about voter registration and early voting and recruiting members of the community to volunteer at the local field office—whatever it takes for Wisconsin to be blue on November 6.
In yesterday’s speech in El Paso, President Obama made clear that reforming our immigration laws will pay enormous dividends for the American economy. And the President has the support of a broad coalition, including the business community.
"Immigration is a complex issue that raises strong feelings. And as we push for long-overdue action, we're going to hear the same sort of ugly rhetoric that has delayed reform for years -- despite long and widespread recognition that our current system fails us all and hurts our economy."
Speaking today against the backdrop of the U.S. and Mexican border in El Paso, Texas, President Obama renewed his commitment to the passage of comprehensive immigration reform. His speech honored America’s lasting heritage of immigration – and touted the promise of reform as an economic, security, and moral imperative.