The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum condemns attacks on immigrant mothers and their children
August 26, 2015
Predictably, the offensive term “anchor baby” has become a part of public discourse again as politicians seek to stoke anti-immigrant fervor. The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) Executive Director Miriam Yeung issued the following statement in response:
“The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum condemns use of the derogatory slurs against any child or mother, immigrant or not, and is appalled at the level of anti-Asian rhetoric in our national conversations at this time.
“Since the founding of this country, women have moved here to make life better for themselves and their families. It’s hard to move and it takes courage, but you do it to put food on the table or to send your kids to a decent school. The immigrant parents currently under attack are doing just that. Asian immigrants move here seeking the freedom and opportunity often denied in other places.
“We challenge elected leaders to stop the anti-immigrant and anti-Asian demagoguery. Asian Americans and all Americans need serious and sensible leadership on the many policy challenges confronting our communities, not hate speech. Asian American women and families need a roadmap to citizenship, clearance of our visa backlog crisis, and policies that honor the work that we do.
“America is supposed to be the land of the free and home of the brave; we need an immigration process that honors these ideals.”
The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) is the only multi-issue, progressive, community organizing, and policy advocacy organization for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women and girls in the U.S. NAPAWF’s mission is to build a movement to advance social justice and human rights for Asian and Pacific Islander women and girls.