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Leaders: Asian Americans must embrace their political clout

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WASHINGTON, May 13 (UPI) -- As the United States prepares to elect a new president next year, Asian and Pacific Americans should be more aggressive in the immigration debate to fight for social equity, leaders from different fields said on Tuesday at the first-ever White House Summit on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

"In people's mind immigration is about Hispanics and civil right is about African Americans," said Karen Narasaki, a civil and human rights consultant. "We stand in the crossroad and we get ignored."

The summit, which was held at the George Washington University, featured more than 2,000 federal officials and community leaders from more than 40 states and the Pacific region to highlight the group's contribution to the country and discuss major issues facing AAPIs, including economic growth, education, health care, civil rights and immigration.

"A melting pot is what makes America unique and keeps us dynamic," President Barack Obama, who was not present, said in a video. "We still got to get Congress to pass the immigration bill so that we can expand opportunity for more people to study, serve and contribute to our nation."



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 Lucy Barnable    5,365

Obama doesn't want Asians and Pacific Islanders to feel left out of his race war.
How kind of him. 

Wait, are there any Pacific Islanders left on the Pacific Islands?
I thought we took over Guam and gave them all US citizenship.


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