Join Forces, Fight Back, Protect Our Families


For Immediate Release: Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Contact:  Sara Ying Rounsaville: 415-300-5121, sara@rounsavillegroup.com


Assemblymembers Rob Bonta and David Chiu, Supervisor Wilma Chan, Patients, Physicians, Activists Band Together

A broad coalition of elected officials, community leaders, patients, physicians, activists, and supporters are joining forces to lift their collective voice against a new policy that threatens the health, safety, and unity of civil society. The policy specifically goes after legal immigrants who play by the rules, pay taxes, and are contributing to society. They are now at risk if they have ever used vital public support benefits such as health care, food stamps, or housing assistance. Announced by the Department of Homeland Security, the new proposal would punish and potentially separate millions of legal residents from their families or wrongfully and inhumanely deny them readmission or permanent residence. Health care, housing, and other safety net, civic engagement, and advocacy groups have been building a robust movement to fight back, submit comments during the 60-day public comment period, register voters for the mid-term elections, and ultimately call for Congress to block the rule.

WHEN: Thursday, September 27, 2018

TIME: 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

WHERE: Asian Health Services Headquarters, 101 8th Street, cross streets Madison Street and Oak Street, Oakland California, 94607


  • Assemblymember Rob Bonta - D-18

  • Assemblymember David Chiu - D-17

  • Alameda County Board Supervisor Wilma Chan - District 3

  • Sherry Hirota, CEO Asian Health Services

  • Femy Visperas, Patient

  • Kimberly Chang, M.D., M.P.H.

  • Tung Nguyen, M.D., UCSF

    * Partial list


HOSTS: Asian Health Services, AAPI Progressive Action, Asians Advancing Justice – Los Angeles, Asian Pacific Environmental Network, Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations, Chinese for Affirmative Action, Chinese Progressive Association, East Bay Community Foundation, East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation, La Clinica de la Raza,  One APIA Nevada, SEIU 1021, and Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Center

Photo opportunities will be available and as well as interviews with speakers and patients, some available in English, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, and Spanish. Please contact Sara Ying Rounsaville at 415/300-5121 for scheduling.

Please note we will be virtually welcoming our Southern California #OneNation Coalition partners. Los Angeles area community leaders and spokespeople will be available for phone interviews or in-person interviews and photo opportunities for journalists in the Southern California area.

Nevada #OneNation Coalition partners will be available in-person at the Oakland news conference.  Nevada journalists are welcome to join in-person or call for virtual interviews.

Refreshments will be served.