Interestingly, you talked about Angel Island during your speech. What you did not mention, however, is that more people are detained every single day in detention today than were detained yearly at Angel Island. You recognized Angel Island as a dark period in Chinatown’s history, but you failed to recognize that more Asians and Pacific Islanders are in detention today than were in detention under the Chinese Exclusion Act. In fact, your administration detains up to 34,000 people per day, a record number of detainees in U.S. history.
Ju Hong has been dismissed as a “heckler” in a lot of mainstream media articles. Hong wasn’t just shouting for the sake of getting a rise from Obama or the crowd; he wants Obama to take executive action toward immigration reform.
As a sidenote, Hong mentions here that “immigration reform is not only a Latino issue,” and yet HuffPo’s hashtags mention “Latino politics” 3x and none for “API politics.” Am I social media-ing incorrectly? Are those hashtags?