Cambodian-American Helps Lead Local Campaign Against Proposed ‘Public Charge’ Immigration Rule

The advocacy groups have travelled and organized to increase public awareness in several states with large immigrant populations, including California, New York and some Midwestern states.

Washington DC – Seda Nak left her restaurant here one recent morning to join fellow immigration campaigners to hand-make 2,300 paper cranes, which she says represents the 23 million immigrants in the United States.

Nak and her friends are leading a community effort as part of a national campaign that opposes a new “public charge” rule proposal from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). They see the proposal as discriminatory against the country’s immigrant population.

“We’re actually doing it to show that we are all affected by this concept and the negative connotation of what an immigrant is,” Nak told VOA Khmer at the Sunday morning gathering at the Eaton DC Hotel’s library.

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