Curtain Call: Immigrants, We’re Getting the Job Done

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August 24, 2017

It’s really astonishing that in a country founded by immigrants, ‘immigrant’ has somehow become a bad word. So the debate rages on and we continue….” – J. Period, “Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)”, The Hamilton Mixtape

 

The musical Hamilton tells the story of our founding fathers – first and second generation immigrants who built this country – and reminds us of the contributions that immigrants continue to make. It celebrates the diversity that rests at the very core of American values; the diversity which has given this country the license to flourish.

 

The message in Hamilton rings loudly in these divisive times. Since January 20th, we’ve seen immigrant communities around the country fear for their futures as they face unrelenting attacks by the new administration. The bitter rhetoric and the tacit approval of nativism by the White House has left immigrants more vulnerable than ever.

 

We’ve seen two Muslim Bans, stranding travellers and denying grandparents and grandchildren from visiting their families. We saw the introduction of the RAISE Act, a bill that aims to cut legal immigration in half and turn our backs on hardworking immigrants seeking better lives. Just last week, we saw a white supremacy rally that took the life of a young woman.

 

The challenge we face is more daunting everyday.

 

Empowering our communities to fight against bigotry, hate, and discrimination requires a collective effort. That’s why we partnered with Lin-Manuel Miranda and allied with eleven other incredible non-profits to be a part of the Immigrants: We Get the Job Done Coalition. With song and laughter, we built upon the powerful message in Hamilton to launched the #Ham4All challenge, inviting people around the world to sing their favorite Hamilton song and donate to help provide life-changing support to immigrants and refugees.

 

The generosity and activism we witnessed over the campaign was overwhelming. Ben StillerKristen Bell, and the cast of Dear Evan Hansen were just some of the over 51,000 people who joined us to fight discrimination and injustice. We even joined in on the fun ourselves!

 

Your support and positivity over the campaign breathed new wind into our sails as we continue to resist the anti-immigrant agenda. While the campaign is over, the fight has only begun.

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.

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

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

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

7 hours ago   ·  3

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

4 hours ago   ·  2
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Again come on! This is no way to live😠

8 hours ago   ·  1
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Thavanh Vongkeo

6 hours ago
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Lean Pil share with your philly friends

5 hours ago
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David Seng

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

5 hours ago

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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.

1 hour ago
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Devon Lernsdale

2 hours ago

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This is crazy... the group just left and they starting again already😡

7 hours ago
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Do we have information on Massachusetts?

8 hours ago

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Pechta Sok

5 hours ago
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Molly Mall

36 minutes 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.

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

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