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Advancing Justice-LA Joins Brief Seeking Stay of Sanctuary City Executive Order

Today, a federal district judge in San Francisco will hold a hearing to consider the County of Santa Clara’s request to block President Donald Trump’s January 25 executive order threatening to defund sanctuary cities. Sanctuary cities include those that enact policies that protect immigrant communities from unwarranted targeting based on race, ethnicity and immigration status.  Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA), together with three of our affiliate organizations, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and over thirty other organizations, signed onto an amicus curiae brief filed in support of Santa Clara’s request.  

Advancing Justice Supports Sherry Chen in Her Quest for Justice

In 2014, Chen, a Chinese American scientist who worked for the U.S. National Weather Service, was falsely accused of spying for China and unjustly prosecuted by the U.S. Department of Justice.  After being painted as a national security threat and having her life turned upside down, all the charges against her were suddenly dropped. She received no explanation or apology. Instead, the government fired her from her job.

Advancing Justice Condemns Latest Executive Order As Muslim Ban 2.0

Today, President Trump issued a new executive order which is essentially a “Muslim Ban 2.0” in that it reiterates key components of its prior ban on immigrants from predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States. The new order, issued less than a month after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit halted the original ban based on a preliminary finding that it violates the Constitution, continues to target immigrants and visitors from  Muslim majority countries. While Iraq has been dropped from the list, the other targeted countries remain: Yemen, Libya, Somalia, Iran, Syria, and Sudan. It also continues to suspend the refugee program, which has provided humanitarian relief to large numbers of people fleeing political strife in the banned Muslim countries and elsewhere.  

Advancing Justice Condemns Trump Proposal to Collect Private Social Media Data from Chinese Visitors, Encourages Public Comment

On Tuesday, February 21, the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) set forward a proposal to collect private social media information from Chinese visitors entering the U.S. on tourist and business visas. 

Advancing Justice Condemns Apparent Hate Attack and Mourns the Killing of South Asian Immigrant

On February 22, two Indian American immigrants were targeted and shot in a bar in Olathe, Kansas, and one of them was killed. A third man was shot trying to stop the shooter. The shooter reportedly yelled “get out of my country” and thought his victims were “Middle Eastern.&rdquo. This horrible tragedy comes on the heels of months of racist and xenophobic rhetoric and recent Presidential executive orders targeting immigrants and Muslims.

Advancing Justice Calls Latest Administration's Actions on Immigration Unconscionable

In response to the breaking news that Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly unveiled new FAQs and policy memos aimed at detaining and deporting many more immigrants living in the U.S. regardless of their ties to communities, Advancing Justice, an affiliation of five civil rights organizations, issues the following statement:

Asian Americans Advancing Justice Outraged By Recent ICE Raids

LOS ANGELES — In response to news this past week about surges in detentions and deportations by ICE and a rising fear and anxiety amongst immigrant communities, Asian Americans Advancing Justice (Advancing Justice), an affiliation of five civil rights organizations, issues the following statement:  
 
 

Advocacy Groups Demand Transparency Regarding L.A. Mayor Garcetti's Recent 'Counter Violent Extremism' Grant Award

LOS ANGELES - Today, a coalition of Los Angeles based civil rights and community groups issued a Public Records Act (PRA) request to Mayor Eric Garcetti seeking transparency about federal grants awarded to the City of Los Angeles totalling $825,000, as part of the Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) program. Recent news reports indicate that the Trump Administration intends to focus CVE on addressing domestic “Islamic Extremism.”  

Advancing Justice Extremely Disappointed with Confirmation of Tom Price as Health and Human Services Secretary

LOS ANGELES - On Friday morning, February 10, 2017, the United States Senate confirmed Congressman Tom Price (R-GA) as the new United States Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary by a vote of 52-47. Asian Americans Advancing Justice (Advancing Justice), an affiliation of five civil rights organizations, is extremely disappointed with his confirmation and concerned with Price’s plans to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) which will leave millions of Americans potentially uninsured.
 

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