It is becoming a common occurrence for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to make congressional history with each cycle; this year, Hansen Clarke will be sworn in as the first Bangladeshi American to serve in the Congress.
This week, I introduced the Elevating Science Technology Engineering Mathematics Act. As a former educator for 30 years, this legislation means more to me than most -- STEM education remains woefully ill-equipped, and it shows.
This threat to livelihood has serious implications for a community already struggling economically, having arrived in America as political refugees, resettled in unsatisfactory camp conditions, and remaining largely invisible and silent.
Unlike their straight neighbors, gay Americans do not have the ability to sponsor their spouses or partners for residency in the United States. As a result, many of them are facing imminent separation.
Obama's challenge of SB1070 is preventing a patchwork of immigration-related state laws that could lead to rampant racial profiling throughout our country, but that does little to fix our broken immigration system.
The longer we keep Cuba listed as a state sponsor of terrorism, an allegation roundly criticized by diplomats, the more we risk the credibility of our national security regime and reputation in the region.
Immigration reform can lead the way to a more prosperous and united America, one that is based on respect and fairness for the richness of our diversity, as opposed to one that is divided by our worst fears.
As part of its efforts during the Vietnam War, the U.S. carried out a nine-year bombing campaign in Laos that ultimately dropped 260 million cluster bombs on the country. Many of those bombs never detonated.
There is an ever-growing gulf of political proportions gumming up U.S.-Latin-American relations, and it has nothing to do with BP and everything to do with Honduras, a country from which I recently returned.
As a Japanese American who spent part of my childhood in an internment camp, I know all too well the effects of racial profiling. As legislators, we have the responsibility to nurture a united America, not one divided by our worst fears.
My work in the New Media field has focused on making sure that people are receiving the information they want, and in the format they want, so that they can properly express their opinions and participate in the political process.