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06.18.2020

Supreme Court Stands on Right Side of History to Uphold DACA

Supreme Court Stands on Right Side of History to Uphold DACA

Congress Must Now Act On a Permanent Pathway to Citizenship Now is the Time to Defund ICE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  June 18, 2020—Washington, D.C.—Today, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, allowed the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to continue by keeping DACA renewals in place temporarily. Asian Americans Advancing Justice, an affiliation of five independent civil rights organizations, releases the following statement: “We applaud the Supreme Court for stating that the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to end DACA is “arbitrary and capricious” and its decision to allow the  Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to continue for the time being. DACA has positively changed the lives of more than 800,000 young people in this country, allowing them to live temporarily without fear, and pursue their academic and career goals. For the Asian American community, this means at least 16,000 Asian American DACA recipients can continue to go to school and work — some of whom are healthcare and other essential workers on the frontlines fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. For the 1.5 million people in this country who live with a DACA recipient, it means relief that their loved ones can continue to stay in the country they call home without fear and constant threats of deportation. We know that DACA is not a permanent solution. Ultimately, Congress must do its job to provide a pathway to citizenship for all immigrants without using them as bargaining chips for increased interior and border enforcement, or to restrict immigration for families and refugees. Immigrant youth have been fighting for permanent status for far too long, and we won’t stop fighting alongside them.  The federal government spends $5 billion annually of taxpayer dollars on immigration enforcement. In line with our values, and at a time when our nation is acknowledging deep and systemic racism in policing, Advancing Justice believes that Congress should defund ICE and support local and state efforts to defund their police forces. These efforts can halt the further militarization of our society and the targeting of communities of color, and instead create an immigration and public safety system that is centered on youth and their families, nonviolence, and racial justice.” (more…) Read More
06.11.2020

Self: How the Pandemic Changed – and Fueled – the Fight Against Anti-Asian RAcism

Our Chicago and midwest organizer Andrea Chu spoke with Self about how Advancing Justice-Chicago is responding to the rise in anti-Asian racism.
Also, there’s the overarching gloom of the fact that our society has changed so dramatically and things have been changed irreversibly. Some of that is actually really good. As an organization, we don’t want to go back to normal in terms of the inequities in society. But there is a lot of grief that people are going through now, too, just knowing the toll this pandemic is taking.

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06.03.2020

Advancing Justice-Chicago Stands in Solidarity with the Black Community Amidst National Protests

Advancing Justice-Chicago stands in solidarity with the Black community and protesters across the country who are demanding justice and racial equity. As police brutality and structural racism continue to incite national outrage, we invite other Asian Americans to join us in doing the ongoing work to fight for racial justice. For too long, we have witnessed state violence against communities of color in our nation to protect a system based on white supremacy. We cannot remain silent in the face of this moment, like the Asian American police officer who stood by and watched the murder of George Floyd. This is a time for us to be allies to the Black community and work together to build stronger coalitions to drive real progress in dismantling systems of oppression in our country. We draw inspiration from Asian American civil rights leaders, such as Yuri Kochiyama and Grace Lee Boggs, who fought for liberation for all. (more…) Read More
06.01.2020

Asian Americans Advancing Justice Denounces Trump Plan to End Visas for Chinese Students

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Asian Americans Advancing Justice Denounces Trump Plan to End Visas for Chinese Students The Civil Rights Affiliation Raises Concerns About Chinese Exclusion Act Tactics CHICAGO, IL — June 1, 2020 —  The President signed a proclamation last Friday indefinitely banning thousands of Chinese graduate students and researchers from obtaining visas and entering the U.S effective on June 1, 2020. He also granted the Secretary of State the authority to revoke the visas of an estimated 3,000 Chinese students currently studying at American universities. In response to the proclamation, Asian Americans Advancing Justice responds with the following statement: “Advancing Justice denounces the Trump administration’s xenophobic attacks on our Asian American community. This ban on Chinese students from studying in the U.S. is another way to scapegoat our communities, just as he has with the Muslim, African, refugee, and immigration bans. With anti-Asian sentiment at an all-time high in the United States, this move adds fuel to the fire. Just like millions of other international students, Chinese students come to the U.S. for educational and professional opportunities and contribute to the vibrant and diverse communities at American universities. This move by Trump is rooted in the same racism and xenophobia that led to the expulsion of countless Chinese Americans and immigrants under the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and the wrongful incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. (more…) Read More
05.30.2020

WBEZ: Asian American Groups Call For More Services And Less Racism During The COVID-19 Pandemic

WBEZ covered our virtual Asian American Action Day which featured testimonies from community leaders and a Q&A with Gov. J.B. Pritzker.
On Thursday, speakers talked about how the COVID-19 crisis is affecting the community, including racism toward Asians, a lack of government support for undocumented community members and a need for more language services to help immigrants access services.

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