SEARAC Talks SEAA Deportation with Latino Media Collective

SEARAC Immigration Policy Advocate Kham S. Moua recently sat down with Latino Media Collective’s host Oscar Fernandez to discuss Southeast Asian American deportation and the importance of Asian American/Latinx unity against racism and xenophobia.

Listen to the full segment here.

Reappropriate Publishes Joint Op-Ed on Trump Judicial Nominees

Blog Reappropriate has published SEARAC’s joint op-ed with National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum and Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance titled “Trump’s Asian American Judges Are No Friends to AAPI Community.”

The op-ed states:

“Don’t be fooled: these appeals court nominees are a danger to civil rights and justice for the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community; they are pawns in Trump’s larger scheme to uphold white supremacy under the guise of promoting racial diversity in the top ranks of government.”

Read the full piece here.


March 2019 Community Call: Keeping Our Communities Informed

During our March call, we discussed Trump’s harmful budget, mobilization for census, our California policy priorities, and new legislation on health, education, and immigration that would benefit the Southeast Asian American community.

Catch the full recording here.

Northwest Asian Weekly Picks Up SEARAC White House Budget Statement

Northwest Asian Weekly recently summarized SEARAC’s joint statement with Asian Americans Advancing Justice about the harmful White House budget.

The publication writes:

“The budget released on March 11 includes a drastic increase in immigration detention and deportation funding while significantly cutting funding across the board for domestic programs vital to community health and stability.”

Read the full story here.

February 2019 Community Call: Kicking Off 2019

In our February call, we discussed our legislative priorities for the 116th Congress, our Census 2020 strategy, and applying to our 20th annual Leadership and Advocacy Training program.

See the full recording here.

NBC News Quotes SEARAC in Deportation Feature

NBC News recently interviewed SEARAC Executive Director Quyen Dinh for a feature on Veasna Meth, the second Cambodian American to return home to the United States after being deported.

Reporter Agnes Constante writes:

“Quyen Dinh, executive director of Southeast Asia Resource Action Center, a civil rights advocacy group, applauded legal advocates for being instrumental in the fight against the country’s ‘inhumane immigration practices.'”

Read the full story here.


NBC News Cites SEARAC Data

In an article discussing the temporary restraining order against Cambodian re-detainment, NBC News cited SEARAC data in describing the 1996 Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act.

Reporter Charles Lam writes:

“It also allowed for that new definition to be applied retroactively, resulting in more than 16,000 Southeast Asian Americans, many of whom were refugees fleeing the Vietnam War and Cambodian genocide, receiving orders of removal — 78 percent of which were based on old criminal records, according to the advocacy group Southeast Asia Resource Action Center.”

Read the full story here.

Bay Area Reporter Predicts SEARAC Policy Win

The Bay Area Reporter recently featured SEARAC in its annual ‘Political Notebook’ column.

Reporter Matthew S. Bajko writes:

“With the help of great advocacy groups like Asian Americans Advancing Justice — Asian Law Caucus and the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center, the administration will be stopped from the inhumane deportation of refugees of brutal wars where the U.S. intervened. Locally, LGBTQ Asian and Pacific Islander elected officials in the Bay Area will lead on issues that impact our communities in California.”

Read more here.

October 2018 Community Call: Southeast Asian American Solidarity Toolkit: A Guide to Resisting Detentions and Deportations from the #ReleaseMN8 Campaign

This month, we launched the “Southeast Asian American Solidarity Toolkit: A Guide to Resisting Deportations and Detentions from the #ReleaseMN8 Campaign.” Special guests include Linus Chan from the James H. Binger Center for New Americans, Julie Mao from the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, and Jenny Srey from #ReleaseMN8.

See the full recording here. Access the slide deck here.