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Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) Biography

Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"

“[T]oday’s immigrants who desire to come here are faced with a broken immigration system, a system in which there are currently 5.8 million individuals backlogged, nearly half of which are from Asian countries. The current system, characterized by failed policies and an outdated definition of family, has barred same-sex partners from reuniting as well as hindered immigrants who applied for visas in their prime from admission until retirement age, undermining the immigrant’s economic potential and contribution to this country.

On June 4, 2009, H.R. 2709: Reuniting Families Act, sponsored by Democratic Representative Mike Honda of the 15th District of California, was introduced and referred to the House Judiciary Committee. This important piece of legislation seeks to fix our nation’s broken immigration system. The Reuniting Families Act is greatly needed since our nation’s family-based immigration system has not been updated in the past 20 years, which has kept loved ones apart and waiting for as long as 22 years before the opportunity to reunite with family. This bill will assist in clearing the backlog of family members by incorporating practical and legal mechanisms that will ensure visas are allocated more efficiently, lengthy wait times that keep families separated for years are kept to a minimum, and eliminate the discriminatory practice of barring same-sex partners from reuniting with their families.

The JACL supports the preservation, unification, and strengthening of families and strongly supports the Reuniting Families Act.”

“ACTION ALERT: Federal Immigration Legislation Needs Your Support!,”, June 19, 2009


“Founded in 1929, the Japanese Americans Citizens League (JACL) is the oldest and largest Asian American civil rights organization in the United States. The JACL monitors and responds to issues that enhance or threaten the civil and human rights of all Americans and implements strategies to effect positive social change, particularly to the Asian Pacific American community.

The JACL and the Japanese American community are continuously affected by changes in the political environment and in demographics. Our society continues to be impacted by the events of September 11, 2001, which created a worldwide climate of uncertainty and insecurity where we must reconcile the proper balance between issues of national security and our civil liberties. We are also affected by the changing demographics of race, ethnicity and age.

Looking to our future, the JACL constantly assesses the effectiveness of its role in Japanese American, Asian Pacific American and civil rights communities, and what infrastructure is necessary to effectively support our mission and efficiently achieve our goals. Today, with inter-racial and multi-ethnic marriages changing the face of the Japanese American community, the JACL faces additional challenges in looking to its future and to the future of the Japanese American community.”

“About the Japanese American Citizens League,” (accessed Aug. 20, 2009)


“The Japanese American Citizens League is a national organization whose ongoing mission is to secure and maintain the civil rights of Japanese Americans and all others who are victimized by injustice and bigotry. The leaders and members of the JACL also work to promote cultural, educational and social values and preserve the heritage and legacy of the Japanese American community.”

“About the Japanese American Citizens League,” (accessed Aug. 20, 2009)

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