Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

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City of West Covina Affirms Commitment to Immigrants

Late Tuesday night, West Covina City Council members affirmed the City’s commitment to immigrants as a vital and integral part of the community by upholding and not taking action on SB 54, also known as the California Values Act. The vote is a welcome change from just last year, when the City Council voted to formally oppose the legislation before it was signed into law by Governor Brown last October.  

Asian Americans Advancing Justice Affiliates Condemn Anti-Chinese Statements and Join Demand for a Meeting with FBI Director

 On February 13, 2018, during a U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, FBI director Christopher Wray made broad allegations that “professors, scientists, and students” of Chinese heritage in the United States are a threat to U.S. economic and national security. 

Advancing Justice | AAJC and Advancing Justice | LA Condemn USCIS Mission Statement Change

U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) made changes to its mission statement yesterday, taking out the phrases “secures America’s promise as a nation of immigrants” and “promoting an awareness and understanding of citizenship,” and adding the words “protecting Americans, securing the homeland.” The word “customer” was also removed from the statement. USCIS Director Cissna explained the change, saying, “Use of the term leads to the erroneous belief that applicants and petitioners, rather than the American people, are whom we ultimately serve.” He also stated that the agency's priorities include “protecting American workers [and] safeguarding the homeland.” 

Advancing Justice Condemns Supreme Court Decision Allowing Full Enforcement of Muslim Ban Pending Appeal Process

Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court issued an order allowing the Trump administration's Muslim Ban to take full effect as legal challenges move forward in lower courts. This ruling will greatly restrict travelers from six Muslim-majority countries – including Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, and Chad – from entering the United States. 

Asian American Civil Rights Groups Condemn Racist Behavior During World Series and Welcome Punishment for Anti-Asian Gesture and Slur

During game three of the 2017 World Series, Houston Astros’ player Yulieski Gurriel made a racist gesture and slur after hitting a home run off Los Angeles Dodgers’ pitcher, Yu Darvish, who is Japanese and Iranian. Gurriel was filmed pulling back the corners of his eyes and calling Darvish “Chinito”, a Spanish term Gurriel acknowledged was offensive to Asians. After the incident sparked a firestorm of criticism, Major League Baseball (MLB) faced great pressure to take action. It responded the following day, suspending Gurriel for five games in 2018 and ordering sensitivity training in the off-season.   

American Muslim and Civil Rights Groups Respond to U.S. District Court Injunction Against Muslim Ban 3.0

LOS ANGELES, CA - Today, the U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Watson granted a nationwide temporary restraining order blocking the latest version of President Trump's unconstitutional and discriminatory Muslim Ban, which barred travelers, refugees, and immigrants from the Muslim-majority countries of Syria, Libya, Iran, Yemen, Chad, and Somalia. 

Advancing Justice Condemns President’s Pardon of Arpaio and Directive to Implement a Transgender Ban

On Friday, August 25, President Trump continued to side with racists and bigots by pardoning former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio — who had been convicted of criminal contempt in a case involving racial profiling of Latino immigrants — and continuing with a military directive to implement a transgender ban. While the White House also announced the departure of controversial advisor Sebastian Gorka, who promoted white supremacist views, the other actions on Friday indicate this administration is charging ahead with its divisive agenda.



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