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US Supreme Court rules in favor of immigrants

March 31, 2010

The Asian Law Caucus strongly applauds the decision issued by the Supreme Court today in Padilla v. Kentucky, holding that defense counsel have an obligation to give correct information to their clients about the immigration consequences of a guilty plea to a criminal charge.

Liberty and Justice for All, Except for Immigrants

March 8, 2010

By: Christopher Punongbayan In the last week, the cases of two immigrant families surfaced in the mainstream media and highlighted the ways our federal immigration system is failing our country.  In New York City, the New York Times covered the story of Qing Wu, a young Chinese American man who committed an offense from which […]

Deported Over Pocket Change, American stepdad losing his family

March 1, 2010

Source:  By Reporter Cheryl Hurd, NBC Bay Area, March 1, 2010 Photo:  Washington Family – Mother and her 13-year-old son will be torn from her husband and deported to Australia.  Mother's 5-year-old boy also to accompany her. It was just a couple of quarters — 46 cents to be exact — but a San Francisco […]

Immigrant Youth Due Process Policy Passes, Implementation Stalled

February 18, 2010

By Angela Chan, Staff Attorney, Juvenile Justice and Education Project, Asian Law Caucus In July 2008, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom implemented a draconian policy requiring probation officers to report all suspected undocumented youth to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for deportation right after they are arrested.  This means that youth are being reported to […]

Census: Asian Undercount Would Mean Billions of Dollars Lost for California

February 18, 2010

Originally posted by New America Media California lost an estimated $2 billion in federal funding over the last decade due to the undercount of Asians and Pacific Islanders during the 2000 Census, according to the Asian Law Caucus. To prevent that from happening again, advocates who serve the Southeast Asian community in Northern California gathered […]

Obama needs to be a leader on immigration

February 16, 2010

By Ana C. Perez, February 3, 2010 This article was originally posted on The Progressive Magazine online. As a Latina, I am fed up with President Obama’s lack of leadership on immigration reform. Not addressing immigration head-on contributes to the invisibility of immigrants and fuels an atmosphere of discrimination and hatred against Latinos. This ultimately […]

How do we talk about racial justice?

January 26, 2010

By Titi Liu Is it just me, or is social justice, especially racial justice, feeling particularly hard to achieve right now? A year after the euphoria of the Obama inauguration, the reality sinks in. We are all in need of inspiration and some kind of road map. At Asian Law Caucus, we have been pushing […]

A Decade of New Youth Activism, a Generation of Protectors

December 28, 2009

By Raj Jayadev This piece appeared in New America Media.  It is re-printed here with the author's permission. Around this time last decade, I was wading through clouds of tear gas and dodging rubber bullets from the Seattle Police Department. I was 24, it was the World Trade Organization (WTO) protests and a moment that […]

AAPIs Needed for California’s New Redistricting Commission

December 21, 2009

Originally posted on APAs for Progress. Every ten years, we draw new district maps for Congress, the California legislature, county boards of supervisors, and city councils.  These maps show the boundaries of each district.  When we redraw the maps every ten years, we change the boundaries so that each district contains the same number of people.  […]

Community Celebrates Passage of SF Policy to Restore Due Process and Demands Swift Implementation

November 23, 2009

Minutes after the San  Francisco Board of Supervisors overrode Mayor Newsom’s veto of a practical policy to restore due process to undocumented youth, faith leaders and community members gathered for a ceremony to celebrate the passage and to urge the City to swiftly and effectively implement the policy change.  At the gathering, Attorney Abigail Trillin read […]

Judge Chen – Patriotism Defined

November 5, 2009

By Bradford G. Low Photo courtesy of Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area Who is magistrate judge Edward Chen? Reading John Diaz’s “The smearing of a loyal American” in Sunday’s Chronicle has guaranteed my continued patronage for San Francisco’s Sunday edition for at least another month and a half. The issues addressed […]

One Year After Prop 8

November 4, 2009

By Karin Wang Originally posted on APAs for Progress. Photo courtesy of New America Media. On November 4th, 2008, Proposition 8 passed in California, eliminating the right to marry for same-sex couples. One year later, the rights of the LGBT community are again up for a popular vote, in Maine, Washington and Michigan. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ As […]

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