Southeast Asian refugees represent the largest refugee community ever to be resettled in the United States, after being forcefully displaced by U.S. war and its aftermath in Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam in the 1970s. Refugees were often resettled in urban centers of concentrated poverty with few social or economic supports. Families struggled to help their children navigate failing schools and racialized bullying. Southeast Asian American young people were disproportionately swept into gangs and violence. As a result, today Southeast Asian refugees are at least three times more likely to be deported on the basis of an old criminal conviction, compared to other immigrants.
SEARAC advocates for the dignity and rights of Southeast Asian refugees with old criminal convictions to stay together with their families. We fight for policy changes to restore fairness and flexibility to immigration laws that make deportation mandatory and irreversible regardless of the individual circumstances of each case. Our advocacy is grounded in the principles of fairness, family, and second chances.
SEARAC also fights to preserve our family-based immigration system. On average, more than 90% of Southeast Asian Americans who received green cards in 2017 did so because of family-based immigration, with more than 22,000 families benefiting from extended family visa sponsorship of siblings, parents, and adult children in 2016.
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Latest national immigration news
Washington, DC - The Trump Administration issued a presidential proclamation last week restricting migration into the United States for uninsured individuals unable to pay ...Read More
Washington, DC - Yesterday, reports surfaced that the Trump Administration intends to limit fiscal year 2020 refugee admissions to 18,000. That cap ...Read More
Act would clear visa backlogs that are currently keeping families apart and provide waivers for deportation relief Washington, DC - SEARAC applauds the reintroduction ...Read More
Washington, DC - SEARAC denounces President Trump's planned mass raids on immigrant communities. After an initial delay, the president plans to launch ...Read More
Washington, DC - SEARAC strongly denounces today's scheduled deportation of more than 50 Cambodian Americans. The flight includes a number of ...Read More
Latest California immigration news
As 2019 quickly comes to a close and a new decade emerges, SEARAC reflects on the wins and hopes of ...Read More
Sacramento, CA - SEARAC is happy to announce that California Gov. Gavin Newsom granted pardons yesterday for two Cambodian refugees ...Read More
Southeast Asian American families and communities, along with immigrant, refugee, and families of color continue to experience the relentless attacks ...Read More
SACRAMENTO, CA - Yesterday, SEARAC, along with a coalition of criminal justice and immigrant rights organizations, met with members of California ...Read More
Contacts: Gabriel Garcia, firstname.lastname@example.org, for education equity advocacy Lee Lo, email@example.com, for health equity advocacy Nkauj Iab Yang, firstname.lastname@example.org, for ...Read More