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Community groups encouraged by Rauner’s comments on Illinois TRUST Act

We are encouraged by Governor Rauner’s positive comments this morning regarding the Illinois TRUST Act. This moves Illinois one step closer to common-sense, Constitutional, state-level public safety policy.
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Advancing Justice Condemns the Acts of Terror and Hate Displayed By White Supremacists in Charlottesville, VA

The world witnessed a domestic act of terror and an ugly display of hate as white supremacists marched in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend. Yesterday, white nationalists turned their violent message into action as a driver plowed into a crowd of anti-racism counter protesters, killing one person and injuring several others.
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Following Community-Led Effort, Gov. Rauner Commits to Sign Illinois TRUST Act

After hundreds of community leaders visited their state legislators in Springfield and in district, thousands of residents called the Governor’s office, and two days after community leaders presented the Governor with over 3,600 postcards collected in just three weeks, the Campaign for a Welcoming Illinois is proud to announce that Governor Bruce Rauner has committed to signing the Illinois TRUST Act (SB 31). The TRUST Act received bipartisan support in both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly.
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Federal DREAM Act, and Illinois TRUST Act would protect immigrants from deportation

In addition to the DREAM Act and preserving DACA at the federal level, states also have the opportunity to consider policy that protects immigrants. Here in Illinois, the bi-partisan TRUST Act passed the legislature and is now sitting on Governor Bruce Rauner's desk, waiting for his signature. Governor Rauner should sign this legislation immediately.
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Keeping Hope Alive for DACA: Advancing Justice encouraged by 2017 DREAM Act

We applaud today’s bipartisan introduction of the DREAM Act by Senator Durbin and Senator Graham. It’s a strong bill that would provide undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children a path to citizenship. The senators have stepped up to offer a solution when the DACA program is at risk of being terminated. We are dismayed that the president has already rejected this bill without having seen it.
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Advancing Justice Opposes the Nomination of Eric Dreiband to lead the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division

Advancing Justice opposes the nomination of Eric Dreiband to lead the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, which enforces key federal laws protecting voting rights, housing rights, and education access, and sets critical national guidelines around police reform and hate crimes.
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Advancing Justice Condemns Passage of Anti-immigrant Legislation

We condemn the House of Representative’s vote to pass HR 3003 and HR 3004 amidst strong concerns from immigrant communities, law enforcement, elected officials, and many others. The two bills are clearly motivated by the administration’s anti-immigrant agenda and cause considerable harm by eroding the trust between local law enforcement and communities of color, including immigrant communities.
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Advancing Justice Opposes Latest Immigration Actions in the House

Asian Americans Advancing Justice strongly opposes H.R. 3003 (the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act), H.R. 3004 (known as Kate’s Law), and the passage of any immigration enforcement legislation that would increase indiscriminate enforcement, further the criminalization of immigrants, and instill more fear in already terrified communities.
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Local elections add to historic number of Asian American elected officials in IL

“Asian Americans are the fastest growing racial group in the United States, and right here in Illinois we are showing that our community’s growth has also resulted in a growth in power,” said Tuyet Le, executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago. “The wins achieved in yesterday’s election add to the already historic number of Asian American elected officials representing Illinois from local offices to the U.S. Senate.”
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Asian Americans Advancing Justice Applauds Federal Court Order Blocking Revised Travel Ban

Today, a Federal court in Hawaii blocked a second attempt by President Trump to ban Muslims from entering the country. “We applaud the court for recognizing the blatant discriminatory intent behind the executive order,” said Elica Vafaie, Staff Attorney and Program Manager at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus. “If this is implemented, it will have devastating consequences for our communities.”
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Advancing Justice Condemns Latest Executive Order As Muslim Ban 2.0

LOS ANGELES - Today, President Trump issued a new executive order which is essentially a “Muslim Ban 2.0” in that it reiterates key components of its prior ban on immigrants from predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States. The new order, issued less than a month after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit halted the original ban based on a preliminary finding that it violates the Constitution, continues to target immigrants and visitors from Muslim majority countries. While Iraq has been dropped from the list, the other targeted countries remain: Yemen, Libya, Somalia, Iran, Syria, and Sudan. It also continues to suspend the refugee program, which has provided humanitarian relief to large numbers of people fleeing political strife in the banned Muslim countries and elsewhere.
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Advancing Justice | Chicago responds to Rep. Mike Bost’s ridiculous comments

Representative Mike Bost’s ridiculous comments draw an ignorant picture of a culture about which he knows very little. We would not entertain comments like this on the streets or in our schools, so it is even more absurd to hear them coming from a U.S. Congressman.
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Asian Americans Advancing Justice Deeply Disappointed at Senate Confirmation of Sessions

The new U.S. Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, has much to prove to the American public that he will lead the U.S. Department of Justice in a fair and equitable manner that is in direct opposition to his 30-year record of being anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, and anti-civil rights.
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Asian Americans Advancing Justice Strongly Opposes Restrictionist Immigration Bill

Asian Americans Advancing Justice Strongly Opposes Restrictionist Immigration Bill Washington, DC — Today, Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Senator David Perdue (R-GA) filed a bill…

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New Website Will Track and Expose Hate Incidents Against the Asian American and Pacific Islander Community

Washington D.C. — As Inauguration Day approaches, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders fear a new round of hate incidents across the country, targeting many vulnerable segments of our community, particularly immigrants and Muslim Americans. In response to these concerns, Asian Americans Advancing Justice (Advancing Justice), a national affiliation of five leading civil rights organizations, announces the launch of a new website to collect and track incidents of hate targeting the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.
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