On Wednesday, President Obama announced his nomination of Representative Melvin Watt to lead the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). As the regulatory agency that oversees Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Federal Housing Administration, its next director will have a primary role in shaping our nation’s housing policy for years to come. The National Coalition for Asian Pacific Community Development (National CAPACD) supports the nomination of Rep. Watt, who has a proven record of working on behalf of low-income communities.
As you may be aware, some early recipients of checks for the Independent Foreclosure Review (IFR) Payment Agreement were unable to cash their checks. National CAPACD and others joined the Federal Reserve on an emergency call earlier this morning to learn more of the details.
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President Obama Meets with National AANHPI Leaders
Executive Director Lisa Hasegawa of the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD) and 14 Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) leaders met with President Obama to discuss issues and challenges facing AANHPI families including implementation of the Affordable Care Act, how the President’s plans for immigration reform will affect our communities, and issues currently facing underserved Native Hawaiian communities.
“This historic meeting underscores the President’s commitment to our communities and certainly speaks to the growing political power of AANHPIs and the access we have in this Administration,” noted Lisa Hasegawa, Executive Director of National CAPACD. “With AA and NHPI populations growing faster than ever before, we appreciate the opportunity to speak candidly with the President about many of the most critical policies affecting our communities today."
Asian American Leaders Call for More Inclusive Immigration Bill
Senate legislation is step in right direction, but excludes needs of many immigrants
WASHINGTON — The National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA), a coalition of 30 national Asian Pacific American organizations, released the following statement Wednesday regarding the introduction of an immigration reform bill in the U.S. Senate:
We commend the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” senators for taking a necessary first step in reforming our nation’s broken immigration system. Provisions in the bill, Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013, address the family and employment systems, path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants and enforcement and border security, among others. However, we have significant concerns that certain provisions of the bill are not inclusive or broad-ranging enough. Our particular concerns are related to the changes in the family-based immigration system that will prevent families from reuniting with important loved ones; promoting business interests should not come at the expense of families.
NCAPA Urges Swift Confirmation of Perez for Labor Secretary
WASHINGTON – The National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA), a coalition of 30 national Asian Pacific American organizations, urges the prompt confirmation of Tom Perez as the next Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor.