What's New

Apr 13

We are issuing a community alert to let Southeast Asian American families know that ICE is once again rounding up Cambodian immigrants for detention-just a week after 43 individuals were removed on April 4. Our partners at the Asian Law Caucus in San Francisco recently reported that four people have been taken into ICE custody.

Apr 5

Today, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC, the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC), VietLead, and more than 60 other organizations submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to demand transparency and accountability for the Trump administration's increased immigration enforcement activities, specifically targeting Southeast Asian Americans for detention and deportation. This move follows the deportation of 43 Cambodians that happened just yesterday--the biggest group to be removed in just one day since the repatriation of Cambodian nationals began over a decade ago.

Apr 4

The Trump administration continues its attack on immigrant families. On Friday, March 30, the Department of Homeland Security, under the directive of the White House, released so-called 'public charge' regulation to penalize immigrants for using a wide array of health and education benefits by denying them entry into the country or access to a green card.

Mar 21
Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) recently introduced the anti-immigrant bill, H.R. 4760, Securing America's Future Act. This legislation would end our family-based immigration system by stripping the ability of U.S. citizens to sponsor their adult children, parents, and siblings. It would also take away the ability of lawful permanent residents to sponsor their adult unmarried children, cutting off family members who have been waiting for years and decades to reunite with their loved ones. 
Feb 15

The Senate is debating immigration legislation this week in an effort to find a path forward on protecting DREAMers from deportation. Unfortunately, a number of Republican Senators working closely with the White House intend to tack on anti-immigrant legislation that would dismantle our family-based immigration system, expand detention and deportations, and militarize our border.

Feb 9

We are excited to share that local Massachusetts advocates are winning better data for Southeast Asian American communities! Local advocates from multiple Asian American communities, including APIs CAN - Asian Pacific Islanders Civic Action NetworkChinese Progressive Association - BostonBoston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, and Asian Community Development Corporation, have been pushing for a bill to require all state agencies to collect disaggregated data for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.