This week, we broke all the records. We now have the first Asian American and Pacific Islander majority district in the continental United States, which I've been elected to serve in Congress as the representative of California's 17th District.
This is a momentous week for immigration reform advocates in Congress. As a nation we are taking a step forward in a collective fight for immigration reform that respects the dignity of immigrant communities and recognizes their contributions to making our country great.
Today, many for-profit colleges have picked up where the subprime lenders left off. They are using the same promise of the American dream as bait to trap vulnerable students into underperforming schools and saddling them with a lifetime of debt.
My father proudly served in the Military Intelligence Service. Yet when I was a child, we were confined at an internment camp simply because of our Japanese ancestry. Decades later, something similarly sinister is returning to our country.
The serious and necessary debate on comprehensive immigration reform has been clouded by a debate over birthright citizenship. Some Republican legislators want to redefine how we understand the 14th Amendment.
Admiring Dr. King's life is not enough; we must live his legacy as well. Let us honor his life by working together to continue to build an America where every child can safely and securely enjoy the privileges of equal opportunity and freedom.
Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have the highest rate of business ownership among all minorities, and their businesses account for fully half of all minority business employment in the United States.
Under new House rules, residents living in Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa and Northern Marianas, will no longer have a vote on the House Floor in the Committee of the Whole.
If you knew that passing legislation to allow 2.1 million American students to pursue higher education or military service, our government could collect $3.6 trillion over the next 40 years, would you do it?
Without the DREAM Act, about 65,000 students a year graduate high school and then hit a roadblock. Instead of entering college or the military, they are forced to live in the shadows and work low-paying jobs.
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.