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.”
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.