A leader in the National Federation of Filipino American Associations says she is trying to make sure Asian-Americans and Pacific-Islanders are part of the debate about immigration reform in the USA.
Rozita Lee, of Las Vegas, is the group’s vice chairwoman. Some in the Asian-American and Pacific-Islander community say Congress should consider immigration reforms focusing on family reunification.
Others want a merit-based approach to help highly educated, skilled individuals more easily become U.S. citizens.
In 2006 the Asian American Justice Center named Las Vegas one of five emerging communities for the rapid growth of its Asian population.
Census data from 2008 show that Asians make up 7.3 percent of Clark County’s population, while Pacific Islanders make up less than 1 percent.
Source: Associated Press