"These are actual people with names and stories and families," Prasad said, "and it's our job to make sure their voices get heard."
The Chicago-based Asian American Institute has also been meeting with legislators and organizing Asian-Americans to talk with their congressmen about issues like immigration.
The institute has been collecting and posting personal stories from Asian-Americans.
For example, Connie wants to bring her son from the Philippines to live with her in the U.S.
"Applications where her son's is categorized normally take 11-12 years," Connie's story says. "In the interim they have tried to spend every Christmas together for the past 8 years since Connie came to the US. It's a form of bonding; a pact that only gets more painful and emotional every goodbye time -- and expensive."
As for Jose, he's making do, whatever ultimately happens in Washington.
After he graduated high school, his father handed him an envelope with enough money for one semester at community college.
Since then, his family has been helping him pay for school. His father does landscaping and sometimes works as a vendor at RFK Stadium in Washington.
His mother babysits, take cares of the elderly and cleans houses. Even his older sister has taken odd jobs to help.
Jose has had to skip semesters so he could work and help his family financially.
He also took part in the campaign to help pass the Maryland DREAM Act, which grants in-state tuition rates to undocumented immigrants, last year and has continued to raise awareness about others like him.
"We're here, and we're not leaving, and we want a just and inclusive immigration reform," Jose said.