Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

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Asian Americans Advancing Justice Applauds Dismantling of Special Registration & Urges Continued Vigilance on "Muslim Registry"​

LOS ANGELES - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced today that it will publish a regulation to rescind the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS) program. Asian Americans Advancing Justice applauds advocates and the Administration for taking this critical step to protect Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian (AMEMSA) communities who President-elect Trump has vowed to place on a “registry” based on the false and biased assumption that people of a particular religion or nationality pose a greater national security risk and should be subject to racial and religious profiling.

Asian Americans Defending Affirmative Action File Papers to Join Harvard Lawsuit

LOS ANGELES - Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA) has joined the lawsuit challenging Harvard’s race-conscious holistic admissions policy by filing papers on behalf of two prospective Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Harvard applicants who support affirmative action.

More Asian American Voters To Recieve Language Assistance In Elections

Census Bureau releases new list of counties required to provide bilingual voting assistance
LOS ANGELES - The U.S. Census Bureau released the new official list of jurisdictions that are required to provide bilingual voting assistance under Section 203 of the federal Voting Rights Act. A review of the list by the Asian Americans Advancing Justice affiliation (Advancing Justice) reveals that Section 203 now covers 45 Asian language groups located in 27 counties, boroughs, census areas or cities. This includes six new Asian language groups that have been added to Section 203 coverage since the previous list was released in 2011.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice Opposes Nomination of Congressmember Tom Price As Health and Human Services Secretary

LOS ANGELES - As a national civil rights organization, Asian Americans Advancing Justice opposes the nomination of Congressmember Tom Price (R-Ga) as Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary. As a member of Congress, Rep. Price has been one of the lead critics of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and has repeatedly attempted to repeal or gut the ACA. 

Over 120 Organizations Urge All California K-12 Schools and Colleges To Be Designated As Sanctuary Schools and Campuses

LOS ANGELES - Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA), together with more than 120 community, education, health, faith, labor, student, and parent organizations in California, has released an open letter calling on California’s educational leaders to address the growing fear around deportation and the troubling spike in hate crimes, incidents, and bullying in K-12 schools and on college campuses since the election of Donald Trump. Coordinated by the College for All Coalition, the open letter calls for safe, inclusive, and equitable learning environments for California students, especially those who are most vulnerable. 

Advancing Justice-CA Urges White House to Rescind National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS) Program

LOS ANGELES - Asian Americans Advancing Justice-California (Advancing Justice-CA), together with almost 200 human rights, civil liberties, education, social justice, and inter-faith organizations nationwide, has signed-on to a letter urging the White House to rescind the regulations that created the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS) program, which could be used as a stepping-stone for President-elect Trump’s “Muslim database.”  NSEERS went into effect shortly after the September 11 terrorist attacks in an attempt  to register and track non-immigrant visa holders from 25 countries, which disproportionately targeted Muslim, Arab, and South Asian visitors to the United States. It proved to be discriminatory, ineffective, and inefficient. In 2011 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) suspended the program.  However, because it was not dismantled, the program can easily be revived.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice Opposes Nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions for Attorney General

LOS ANGELES - As a national affiliation of civil rights organizations, Asian Americans Advancing Justice condemns the President-elect’s choice of Senator Jeff Sessions as United States Attorney General. Sessions has been a proponent of anti-immigrant policies at every turn. His record indicates an opposition to civil rights and he could use the nation's top legal position to fully disenfranchise and deny the rights of people of color, immigrants, and Muslim communities.


Asian Americans Advancing Justice Condemns Invocation of Japanese American Internment As Precedent for a Proposed Muslim Registry

LOS ANGELES – Asian Americans Advancing Justice, an affiliation of five civil rights organizations, called for swift condemnation of prominent Trump supporter Carl Higbie’s statements on Wednesday night suggesting that the internment of nearly 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II could serve as precedent for the proposed registry of immigrants from Muslim and Arab countries. 

Asian Americans Advancing Justice Condemns President-elect’s Choice of Steve Bannon as Senior Advisor and Demands Bannon Be Replaced

LOS ANGELES - As a national civil rights organization, Asian Americans Advancing Justice condemns the President-elect’s choice of Steve Bannon as his chief strategist. His potential appointment gives tacit approval to Bannon’s known agenda against racial minorities, women, immigrants, Muslims, and the LGBT communities. 



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