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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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Asian Americans Advancing Justice Condemns Executive Orders on Immigration

Washington, DC – January 25, 2017 – The new administration announced today the signing of several inhumane and draconian executive orders intended to endanger immigrants and create fear in immigrant communities. The executive orders include a promise to withhold federal funding to sanctuary cities, greatly increase the number of immigration enforcement officers and border patrol officers, resurrect the controversial Secure Communities program, create new deportation priorities, and to increase detention—including children and families—at the border.

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Immigrant and Refugee Leaders and Allies Denounce Trump Administration’s Executive Actions on Immigration

CHICAGO - January 25, 2016 - Today, President Trump signed two executive actions purporting to strengthen border security and immigration enforcement, including building further border barriers and stripping funding from municipalities that have “sanctuary” or “welcoming” ordinances in place. “Enhanced border enforcement will not address the issues within our broken immigration system,” said Lawrence Benito, chief executive officer of Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR). “Migration from Mexico has been net zero for the past several years, and the Border Patrol is already the largest law enforcement agency in the country. Additionally, federal courts have already and consistently ruled that under our Constitution, cities can refuse to cooperate with immigration enforcement, and the federal government to withhold funds from local municipalities to force them to collaborate. If Trump follows through on this threat, he will see us in court.”

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More Asian American voters to receive language assistance in elections

Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act now covers 45 Asian language groups located in 27 counties, boroughs, census areas or cities. This includes six new Asian language groups that have been added to Section 203 coverage since the previous list was released in 2011.

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Advancing Justice opposes nomination of Tom Price as Health & Human Services Secretary

Asian Americans Advancing Justice opposes the nomination of Congressmember Tom Price (R-Ga) as Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary. As a member of Congress, Rep. Price has been one of the lead critics of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and has repeatedly attempted to repeal or gut the ACA.

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Advancing Justice opposes nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions for Attorney General

Asian Americans Advancing Justice condemns the President-elect’s choice of Senator Jeff Sessions as United States Attorney General. Sessions, has opposed civil rights and been a proponent of anti-immigrant policies at every turn. Sessions’ record of disenfranchising and denying the rights of people of color, immigrants, and Muslim communities should disqualify him for the nation's top legal position.

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Advancing Justice condemns choice of Steve Bannon as senior advisor

Asian Americans Advancing Justice condemns the President-elect’s choice of Steve Bannon as his chief strategist. His potential appointment gives tacit approval to Bannon’s known agenda against racial minorities, women, immigrants, Muslims, and the LGBT communities.

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Historic election for Asian Americans in Illinois

CONTACT: Brandon Lee 773-259-5288 (call or text) blee@advancingjustice-chicago.org Historic day for Asian Americans in Illinois Advancing Justice | Chicago looks forward to working with newly…

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Asian Americans Advancing Justice calls out FOX News and the O'Reilly Factor for racist segment

Asian Americans Advancing Justice is outraged by the blatant, racist and offensive stereotypes of Chinese Americans portrayed in a recent Fox News segment during The O’Reilly Factor.

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Welcoming City Ordinance Amendment PASSES Chicago City Council

A coalition of immigrant rights organizations welcomed the Chicago City Council’s passage of an amendment to strengthen the Welcoming City Ordinance today. While this action is a testament to a two-year campaign to further protect immigrants the coalition recognizes the need to support community-led efforts to assure real solutions to the problem of police misconduct and violence against communities of color.

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Just Democracy Illinois responds to suspension of Election Day Registration

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 27, 2016 CONTACT Brandon Lee blee@advancingjustice-chicago.org 773-259-5288 Advocates: Suspension of Election Day Registration will hurt communities across Illinois Members of the…

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Just Democracy Coalition statement on AVR veto, August 15, 2016

Asian Americans and immigrants across Illinois are involved in this campaign because we know that the right to vote in this country was a hard fought battle from its beginning. Automatic Voter Registration increases access to the ballot box, which is a crucial step to a more engaged electorate. Combined with the recent lawsuit attempting to stop Election Day Registration, this veto signifies a step backwards for voting rights in Illinois.

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Statement on veto of Automatic Voter Registration

Just Democracy Illinois will work with our allies from both parties to override this veto. Now is not the time for Illinois to move backward on voting rights.

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