We strengthen roots by increasing the visibility of Asian Americans as part of the fabric of America, strengthening and expanding federal immigration policies that promote family unification, integration and naturalization, and ensuring an accurate reflection of Asian Americans in the 2020 Census.
The experience of immigration continues to play a significant role in the lives of most Asian Americans. We work to represent the interests of the many Asian Americans who know firsthand the importance of an immigration system that makes sense and keeps families together.
We are also involved in local efforts to increase the number of people who are becoming United States citizens through the New Americans Campaign. By providing citizenship workshops, we can help the approximately 97,000 Asian immigrants in the Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area who are eligible to naturalize with their questions about the often complicated or intimidating process.
An accurate count of our community in the census is a must, if government services are to be provided to our people and decision-makers are to understand the community's importance. We pursue a fair and accurate census count of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the decennial census and American Community Survey (ACS).
We advocate for improved data collection and data disaggregation. We continue to work to educate policymakers and the broader community about the diversity of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities.