Advancing Justice-Chicago News
September 5, 2017
DACA is a humane and common-sense policy solution that has a firm legal basis. For the past five years, Advancing Justice has fought for and served thousands of Asian, Pacific Islander, Latino, African and other DACA applicants and recipients, and we are appalled by the president’s lack of humanity and compassion.
Asian Americans Advancing Justice, the CAIR, and NIAC Action Condemn the Government’s Attempt to Make the “Backdoor Muslim Ban” Permanent
September 1, 2017
Asian Americans Advancing Justice ("Advancing Justice"), the Council on American-Islamic Relations ("CAIR"), and NIAC Action strongly condemn the federal government's proposal to make its "Backdoor Muslim Ban" permanent, and announce the launch of web portals to facilitate public comment.
August 28, 2017
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner (R) signed the Illinois TRUST Act (SB 31) into law this morning, enacting the nation’s strongest state-level due process protections for immigrants who fear any interaction with local police could result in deportation.
August 28, 2017
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed Senate Bill 1933 to create automatic voter registration in Illinois on Monday, the culmination of years of organizing and legislative work by lawmakers and advocates in the Just Democracy Illinois coalition of civic and voting rights groups.
Advancing Justice Condemns President’s Pardon of Arpaio and Directive to Implement a Transgender Ban
August 26, 2017
We condemn the President’s actions directing the implementation of a military ban on transgender individuals — a move motivated purely by bigotry, and we are outraged President Trump pardoned former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, sending yet another dog whistle to white supremacists.
August 18, 2017
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.
Advancing Justice Condemns the Acts of Terror and Hate Displayed By White Supremacists in Charlottesville, VA
August 15, 2017
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.
August 3, 2017
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.
July 20, 2017
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.
July 20, 2017
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.
Advancing Justice Opposes the Nomination of Eric Dreiband to lead the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division
July 5, 2017
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.
June 30, 2017
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.
June 28, 2017
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.
April 5, 2017
“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.”
March 16, 2017
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.”