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Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27) praised President Obamaâ€™s announcement today that he will take executive action to immediately protect millions of immigrant families from deportation and take steps to improve our broken immigration system. Rep. Chu released the following statement:â€œThis is a day of historic significance for millions of immigrant families. For over a year, I have urged the House Republican Leadership to bring a comprehensive immigration bill to a vote, and they failed to do so. In the absence of their inaction, we have turned to President Obama and asked him to take immediate action to provide relief. Todayâ€™s announcement does just that,â€ said Rep Chu. â€œAmerica depends on immigrants who go to school, work hard, lay roots in our communities, and who dedicate their hard work and entrepreneurial spirit towards achieving the American Dream. We should be rewarding aspiring Americans, not deporting them.â€œToday marks the day where millions of children who are citizens or have legal status will no longer fear coming home to discover that their parents have been deported,â€ said Rep. Chu. â€œI applaud the President for doing what is morally right and fair by providing peace of mind for families who have been living and contributing to our communities for so many years.â€â€œOf course, this is the first step towards fixing our broken immigration system. A permanent solution will only come when Congress acts to pass comprehensive immigration reform. I remain committed to working across the aisle on legislation that will go even further to keep families together and secure our border.â€Expanding deferred action to parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents will impact more than 4 million individuals. The Administration will also expand the current Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA) to include more young people who were brought to this country as children. It will not matter how old they are today as long as they satisfy a certain residence requirement. This change is expected to impact 300,000 people nationally.Overall, the Presidentâ€™s executive action package is expected to benefit nearly 5 million individuals. It includes long overdue improvements to our immigration system, such as narrowing our immigration enforcement priorities to focus on serious criminals and national security threats. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will also issue new guidance and regulations to reduce family separation for those waiting to obtain their green cards. DHSâ€™s actions would expand unlawful presence waivers to those who are statutorily eligible and broaden the â€œextreme hardshipâ€ standard.Over the past year, the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) has met with DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson, DHS Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, and senior White House aides, Cecilia Munoz and Neil Eggleston, to discuss the need to prioritize family in immigration reform. Asians and Pacific Islanders account for over 40% of the 4.2 million individuals caught in the current family immigration visa backlogs and over 80% of those in the employer-based visa backlogs. Last night, Rep. Chu attended a dinner with Congressional leaders and President Obama where she raised the API communityâ€™s immigration priorities. The Presidentâ€™s executive action is expected to protect over one million undocumented Asian Pacific Islander individuals currently living in the U.S.The CAPAC recommendations on executive action to Secretary Jeh Johnson can be found here.A Congressional letter to Secretary Jeh Johnson led by Rep. Chu on immigrant worker protections can be found here. The accompanying recommendations on worker protections can be found here. More Cool Stuff Subscribe Business News Make a comment Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Government Rep. Chu Praises Executive Action on Immigration Published on Thursday, November 20, 2014 | 6:37 pm Top of the News
March 8th is International Women’s Day – a day when the global community recognizes the vital contributions women make to economics, politics, and culture. Under the theme of “Pledge for Parity,” International Women’s Day is a time to celebrate the many far-reaching accomplishments of women around the globe. It is also a call to action in the fight against disparities associated with women’s rights, equality, health, and safety. Above all, International Women’s Day is a time to remember how gender equality benefits all of us – women and men – at work, at home, and in life.Working at a global company has given me a wonderful window into the many unique and layered stories that shape the ways we understand and move through the world. I think about the story Madeline Martinez, one of our Latina software engineers who recently represented EMC at the White House Initiative on Educational Excellent for Hispanics. I think about our colleague Radia Perlman, who will be inducted into the U.S. National Inventors Hall of Fame this year for her brilliance. I think of Orna Berry, leading innovation at our Israel Center of Excellence and serving as an advisor to government leaders; and I think of Fidelma Russo, leading her team to launch one of our most anticipate products of the year, VMAX All Flash storage. As I think about their stories, I am filled with pride — not only for what they have done, but for the encouragement they give to others.EMC Women in London prior to the Everywoman Advancing Technology ForumPart of my International Women’s Day will be spent thinking about the ways that women and men across EMC can take the actions which result in real and lasting change. I applaud the efforts of Vittorio Colao, the CEO of our valued customer Vodafone, to encourage everyone – and particularly men – to commit to actions in support of gender equality in the #HeForShe campaign. By the next International Women’s Day, I hope to count even more “male allies” who stand with women and help us realize results together.At EMC we understand that gender equality is a vital part of our commitment to a diverse and inclusive workforce, and a true business necessity. We attract and retain women and foster their success by offering world-renowned development and training opportunities. We are visible and vocal at women’s leadership forums – including the Simmons Leadership Conference in Boston, the Everywoman Advancing Technology Forum in London, the Watermark Conference in Silicon Valley and the Global Advancement of Women Conference in Hong Kong. Being present for these international events helps us understand the perspectives of women throughout the world. It also gives strength and resilience to one of our most important assets – our network.At EMC we encourage everyone to tell their individual stories, and create the kind of environment where we can be our “authentic selves.” The more stories that we add, the better and richer our experience becomes. To quote the celebrated author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, “The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.”Happy International Women’s Day! Find your voice, own your story, and together, let’s commit to purposeful action in advancing equality and inclusion.