Between Tuesday’s State of the Union address, yesterday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Comprehensive Immigration Reform, and the larger debates around citizenship and enforcement, there’s been a lot of dialogue -– both positive and problematic – around the role of immigrants in this country. This Valentine’s Day, 18MillionRising.org wants to show love and gratitude for the many contributions immigrants -– especially our Asian American Pacific Islander family members, community leaders, and workers –- have made to the very fabric of America. Folks like Hawai’i Senator Mazie Hirono; journalist and activist Jose Antonio Vargas; and neonatal ICU nurse and Superstorm Sandy hero Menchu DeLuna Sanchez.

Want to join 18MR in sharing stories and showing love for our AAPI brothers and sisters? Submit your stories and images here! Or, use the hashtag #18millionhearts on Twitter and Instagram, and Like 18MR on Facebook and tag us in your stories and posts. #18millionhearts help drive the pulse and passion of America.


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Hey y'all, we’re going to be a little light on the posting this afternoon because we’re going to be on Twitter talking about Asian American and Pacific Islander communities and immigration reform. The bill moved out of the Senate Judiciary Committee last night, and there are a lot of unanswered questions, including what will happen to sibling and adult child visas? and will binational LGBT couples be included in the final bill?

Come chat with us, as well as some of our awesome friends, at 12p PST/3p EST. Our featured guests include:

  • Ai-Jen Poo, National Domestic Worker’s Alliance and We Belong Together 
  • Amardeep Singh, Sikh Coalition 
  • Greg Cendana, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance 
  • Margaret Huang, Rights Working Group 
  • Pramila Jayapal, Center for Community Change 
  • Richard Lui, MSNBC 
  • Saket Soni, National Guestworker Alliance 

So come through! It’ll be great to have your voice in the conversation.

This photo was shared during yesterday’s Twitter chat. In the photo is Mr. Almeda, a Filipino World War II veteran, Senator Mazie Hirono, and Almeda’s daughter who has been waiting to become a citizen. After the war, Filipinos who served in the U.S. military were granted citizenship, but many of their children, like Mr. Almeda’s daughter, have been waiting to join their fathers as U.S. citizens.

This photo was taken after Hirono’s amendment to the immigration reform bill to speed up the process for veterans’ families passed in the Judiciary Committee.

Also: super big thanks to everyone who came through for our Twitter chat. #18MillionHearts trended for about half an hour nationally. AAPIs have digital clout, too!