Asian Americans Advancing Justice Outraged At New Proposal Attacking Immigrant Families

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September 22, 2018

ASIAN AMERICANS ADVANCING JUSTICE OUTRAGED AT NEW PROPOSAL ATTACKING IMMIGRANT FAMILIES

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Trump Administration released new proposed rules that would punish immigrants seeking vital healthcare and other services.

Immigrants are already currently barred from utilizing most federal programs during their first five years living in the United States. The proposed regulation greatly expands the federal government’s ability to reject applications for lawful permanent residency, attacking our family-based immigration system through backdoor methods.

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

“This is a wide-reaching and incredibly depraved attack from the Trump Administration on our families. This proposed rule could discourage families from accessing the basic assistance they need in order to survive in our communities. More than 1.5 million Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) immigrants are in families that use public benefits to feed and sustain their families.

Health and nutrition programs support and lift up families in the U.S., including immigrant and U.S. citizen family members — they are fundamental human rights. The proposed rules will force individuals into the impossible decision of keeping their families together or accessing the benefits they need to survive. The proposed rules are cruel and lack human decency. The original public charge provision is rooted in the racist actions of politicians from 1882, the same year as the discriminatory Chinese Exclusion Act.

Families are the cornerstone of any community and one of the most important institutions in our society. The government should be supporting families and helping them thrive during times of need instead of instilling fear.

We urge everyone to submit public comments expressing opposition to this rule before the comment period closes. We will continue to demand that this administration value our families. We will not stand for the Trump Administration’s white nativist policies that seek to keep immigrants of color out of this country and scare them away from accessing programs for which they are entitled.”  

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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.

ALERT: ICE is planning raids on the Cambodian community in the next few weeks. If you are Cambodian, have a deportation order, and were asked to check-in with ICE soon, contact 415-952-0413 to speak to a lawyer.

For resources and information regarding legal services, visit SEAraids.org
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ALERT: ICE is planning raids on the Cambodian community in the next few weeks. If you are Cambodian, have a deportation order, and were asked to check-in with ICE soon, contact 415-952-0413 to speak to a lawyer.

For resources and information regarding legal services, visit SEAraids.org

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My understanding is the US plans to deport 200 cambodians per year until everybody with an order of removal is deported. I don't mean to cause fear but I strongly encourage anybody with a removal order to fight their cases now because once you are detained it becomes much more difficult to have access to attorneys and other resources. I fear this cycle will continue over the next few years.

11 hours ago   ·  11

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None of us are free unless all of us are free from fear! This is unacceptable!

12 hours ago   ·  9
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I am an immigration attorney and I was at immigration court today. I represented four individuals, all from Vietnam, all legal permanent residents with old crimes and recent entries to the U.S. I echo the suggestions above. If you have a removal/deportation order, if you have a history of crimes, if you plan on traveling outside of the U.S., speak with an immigration attorney.

6 hours ago   ·  1
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Started with Mexicans, Muslims, now Cambodians... who is next?

11 hours ago   ·  3

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Immigration lawyer ain’t going to do anything but take your money

8 hours ago   ·  2
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I love you all, my Southeast Asian brothers and sisters! You’re not alone in this fight!!

7 hours ago   ·  1
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Again come on! This is no way to live😠

12 hours ago   ·  1
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This is crazy... the group just left and they starting again already😡

11 hours ago
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Thavanh Vongkeo

11 hours ago
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Lean Pil share with your philly friends

9 hours ago
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David Seng

10 hours ago
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What about Stockton???? My brother in law check in march!!!! What should he do???

9 hours ago

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Devon Lernsdale

6 hours ago

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Do we have information on Massachusetts?

12 hours ago

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Pechta Sok

9 hours ago
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Molly Mall

5 hours ago
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The Cambodian and Viet communities are again targeted by US militarism-police abuse: from being attacked and displaced in the war in Indochina to becoming refugees to living in US ghetto-conditions to jail now to deportation. This is generational torture by imperialism. Like the Central American exodus the US exports war and guns, imports labor via refugees, over polices them and deports people, and so the cycle continues. I am so sad and sick. I take actions at rallies and make donations to express my rage and solidarity but where do I put the sadness.

11 hours ago   ·  7

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Don’t Check it,go somewhere n live off the land, if your gon get deported anyway

8 hours ago
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