CAPAC also wants to push for disaggregation of data concerning Asians and Pacific Islanders. Highly college-educated immigrants from Korea, for instance, are lumped into the same category as Cambodians, who have a 40 percent high school dropout rate.
“You see the headlines in Time and Newsweek magazines, and it makes it sound like we’re all graduating from the Ivy Leagues,” the staffer said. “When most of the government looks at our community, they try to see us as one bloc, but it can be very detrimental. That’s something that we’re really pushing to have broken down.”
Immigration is also a key issue for the caucus, whose members argue that Asians and Pacific Islanders are not represented in a discussion primarily dominated by Hispanics.
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus has met with the president several times to discuss immigration, most recently in May.
Obama met with the Congressional Black Caucus for the first time in May to discuss job creation.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.