As the country continues to grow and prosper, the participation and progress of our nation’s nearly 20 million Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) are crucial to the health and welfare of the nation as a whole. Over the past decade, more immigrants have come to the U.S. from Asia than from any other region in the world to pursue the American Dream. Despite providing new opportunities, significant parts of the U.S. immigration system are broken. While the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has expanded health care coverage options for some immigrants, immigration status continues to stand as the major social determinant impacting health and hampering the progress of immigrant communities in unnecessary ways.
This report offers concrete solutions, rooted in research and experience, to promote public health and shared economic well-being. The recommendations provide a framework for policymakers, public health leaders, and communities across the country as they strive to improve the U.S. immigration system in a way that works for all.