Please create a safe and legal mechanism for reunions between Korean Americans and their family members in North Korea
This is a petition in support of H.Con.Res. 91 that was recently introduced to the House by Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) along with Rep. John Conyers, JR (D-MI), Rep. Sam John (R-TX) and Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC) to encourage reunions between Korean Americans and their family members in North Korea.
When the border was drawn between North and South Korea, hundreds of thousands of family members were left divided. During the Korean War (1950‐1953) even more families were dislocated in the chaos of war. Over 55 years have passed since then, and many Koreans immigrated to the United States in search of peace and hope. There are an estimated 100,000 first generation Korean Americans with immediate family members in North Korea. Time is running out for this generation. Many of these family members have already passed away or are in their 70s‐90s.
For over half a century, these divided family members have suffered with no access to the people they love most. Though they are US Citizens, they have no formal mechanisms that would allow them to reunite with their families in North Korea.
REUNIONS CAN HAPPEN. PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION.
- U.S. Congress
This is a petition in support of the U.S. government’s prioritization of reunions between Korean Americans and their immediate family members in North Korea.
Hundreds of thousands of Korean families were left divided in the chaos of the Korean War (1950–1953), and hundreds of thousands more were dislocated when the border between North and South Korea was drawn. Currently, there are an estimated 100,000 first-generation Korean Americans with immediate family members in North Korea.
For over half a century, these suffering divided family members have been deprived of a solution. Though they are U.S. citizens, they have had no access to a formal mechanism allowing them to reunite with their families in North Korea. Time is running out for them; many have already passed away and all of them are nearing the end of their lives. They are waiting for their government to act quickly on their behalf.
I urge you to publicly pledge support of the long-overdue reunions between North-Korean and Korean-American divided family members.
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