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DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz on AAPI Heritage Month

In recognition of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:

“Throughout the month of May, we celebrate and honor the important contributions of Asian American and Pacific Islander communities that have enriched our American identity and made our country stronger. Every day these vibrant communities help build a thriving and prosperous future for our nation.  Members of the AAPI community have worked hard to achieve the American Dream, sharing in the sacrifice, struggles, and accomplishments of all Americans.  At the same time we must remember the adversity that too many in AAPI communities have faced throughout our history, and the disparities we must still work to correct.

“Under President Obama, we have made significant progress on issues that matter to AAPI communities including tax cuts for middle class families, billions of dollars in loans to AAPI small business owners, and through the Affordable Care Act, expanded access to preventive care and treatment and improved language access. While we are proud of these achievements, there is more work to be done.  The time for Congress to pass common sense immigration reform is now. And we must do so in a way that provides a pathway to earn citizenship for people already here and helps keep families together.  The Democratic Party and President Obama will continue fighting on these issues to make sure AAPI communities and all Americans have a fair shot at the American Dream.”