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Earlier this month, some members of the Senate announced they are considering plans to reduce the family visa program and eliminate the ability for an American citizen to sponsor their sibling and adult children.

These latest discussions fall drastically short of what communities want in a comprehensive immigration reform legislation. As if it wasn't bad enough that families have waited years for real policy changes, now some are being left out of the conversation altogether and possibly face the unbearable pain of being separated from their loved ones indefinitely.

We all know immigration is about families and families include brothers and sisters and children, even when they turn 21 years old.

Take for instance the story of Grandma Kim who is 84 years old and a US citizen. She lives in Los Angeles and petitioned for her married son earlier this year. Due to the immigration backlogs, Grandma Kim will have to wait over 11 years to be reunited with him. She will be 95 years old before her son can join her. Grandma Kim worries every day that she may pass before she can see him again.

Right now, the National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC) has a petition ( calling on Congress and President Obama to strengthen the family immigration system and eliminate the backlogs while ensuring a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants when talking about any comprehensive immigration reform legislation.

Please take a moment to sign on for Grandma Kim and million of other families who are waiting to be reunited with their loved ones.

A delegation of community members from Los Angeles, Chicago and Georgia are planning to travel to Washington D.C. on April 10th with stories of families and signatures from communities telling Congress put families first.

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