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04.23.2020

Asian Americans Advancing Justice Condemns New Immigration Ban

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April 23, 2020

Asian Americans Advancing Justice Condemns New Immigration Ban

Though there are exceptions, the message is clear that immigrants are not welcome

CHICAGO, IL – Last night, President Trump signed a presidential proclamation suspending the majority of immigrant visas into the United States for the next 60 days under the guise of protecting American jobs. In particular, family reunification and diversity visas are shut down, and the President has indicated that the ban could be extended.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice, an affiliation of five civil rights organizations, releases the following statement:

“Trump’s new immigration ban is an attempt to distract from his failed response to COVID-19 and manipulates the pandemic to justify his and Stephen Miller’s white nationalist agenda.

Congress designed our immigration system around the value that families deserve to be together, and family-based immigration is responsible for many of the strong, vibrant, and diverse Asian American communities today. As 92% of Asian Americans are immigrants or the children of immigrants, Asian American communities will be greatly impacted by this ban. U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents will not be able to reunify with their parents, adult children, and siblings.

The United States has already seen a rise in anti-Asian hate after the President insisted on calling COVID-19 the “Chinese virus.” This Proclamation will continue to fuel acts of hate against Asian Americans. We are committed to standing up for the Asian American and Pacific Islander community, while standing in solidarity with other communities of color, to fight this abuse of power.”

Media Contacts: 

Megan Singson, Advancing Justice – Chicago, 773-271-0899 x200, msingson@advancingjustice-chicago.org 

Michelle Boykins, Advancing Justice | AAJC, (202) 296-2300 x0144, mboykins@advancingjustice-aajc.org  

Sabrina Chin, Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus, (415) 848-7765, sabrinac@advancingjustice-alc.org 

James Woo, Advancing Justice – Atlanta, (404) 585-8446, jwoo@advancingjustice-atlanta.org 

Jeffrey DeGuia, Advancing Justice – Los Angeles, (213) 977-7500 x259, jdeguia@advancingjustice-la.org 

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Asian Americans Advancing Justice is a national affiliation of five leading organizations advocating for the civil and human rights of Asian Americans and other underserved communities to promote a fair and equitable society for all. The affiliation’s members are: Advancing Justice | AAJC (Washington, DC), Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus (San Francisco), Advancing Justice – Los Angeles, Advancing Justice – Atlanta, and Advancing Justice – Chicago. 

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04.13.2020

Chicago Reader: Andy Kang’s Op-Ed, “We Don’t Have to Prove Our American-ness”

Our executive director Andy Kang penned an op-ed in the Chicago Reader that addresses the patterns of racist rhetoric that have had dangerous consequences in our country’s history, and how we can prevent history from repeating itself as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold.

The COVID-19 pandemic has created many more opportunities for us to tackle racial injustice. What is happening now has highlighted the deadly consequences of centuries of anti-Blackness and unaddressed health and economic disparities for the African American community, while at the same time flushing out the dormant anti-Asian xenophobia in our society. This is a moment for Asian Americans to actively build solidarity with Black communities to confront two sides of the same problem: the legacies of white supremacy that are hurting our communities.

Instead of showing our “American-ness” in the face of racism, Asian Americans, and all Americans, need to step up and unite around an undying commitment to achieving real racial justice in our country. I pray Chicagoans will lead the way.

Read the full story here.

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04.01.2020

Civil Rights Groups Get Out the Count with Asian Americans Amid COVID-19 Quarantine 

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April 1, 2020 

Civil Rights Groups Get Out the Count with Asian Americans Amid COVID-19 Quarantine 

Asian Americans Advancing Justice Focuses for Census Day on April 1st 

Chicago, IL – Asian Americans Advancing Justice, an affiliation of five Asian American civil rights organizations, is pushing for an accurate count of the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities amid the disruption to census activities caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The groups have turned their efforts to a more digital strategy, using PSAs, viral videos, and social media to entice individuals to fill out the 2020 Census. 

In the civil and human rights space, April 1st is not April Fool’s Day. It’s Census Day, a national day to remind everyone who hasn’t filled out their census to go online, fill out the form, or respond via phone to the decennial census. 

“For a community that includes undocumented immigrants and individuals in mixed-status households, we know some are still hesitant about completing the census so we are doing all we can to give them reassurance that we are here to support them through our census hotline, census pledge, and numerous resources on the website,” says Terry Ao Minnis, senior director of census and voting programs for Asian Americans Advancing Justice AAJC.  

Asian Americans Advancing Justice launched the CountUsIn2020.org website one year ago as the central hub for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander individuals, and organizations in communities across the nation. The website has resources in 23 different languages from factsheets and PSAs to webinars and toolkits to help people understand the importance of the census and locally help our communities be counted fairly and accurately. 

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