What's New

Oct 3

Today, Representatives Pramila Jayapal (WA-7) and Adam Smith (WA-9) introduced the "Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act," legislation that would repeal mandatory, arbitrary, and indefinite detention, phase out private detention facilities, require the establishment of detention standards and improve oversight, and establish program alternatives to costly detention.

Sep 28

News outlets are reporting that the Trump administration may set the refugee admissions goal for next fiscal year at  45,000 - the lowest goal in U.S. history. The average admissions goal from when The Refugee Act of 1980 passed up till today is 95,000, with an average of 80,000 refugees resettled each year.

Sep 28

This week, we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) program, which provides support for degree-granting higher-education institutions, including community colleges, that serve at least 10% Asian American and Pacific Islander students. Overall, AANAPISI institutions enroll 41% of the nation's AAPI college students.

Sep 27

SEARAC is concerned about recent reports that Democratic leadership is negotiating with the Trump administration to include enforcement measures as a bargaining chip for the passage of the DREAM Act. Earlier this month, the President announced the elimination of the Obama-era program Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), putting 800,000 young people in fear of deportation.

Sep 26

Washington -- Advocacy organizations representing immigrant communities of color are denouncing punitive measures from the Trump administration targeting Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea, and Sierra Leone. The administration’s latest actions continue a trend of attacks against immigrants, especially underrepresented immigrants of color, and effectively condemns entire immigrant populations to poverty.