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Groups Warn Against Fraudulent Immigration Consultants

Jul 18 2012


A group of Asian American civil rights organizations are warning members of the community to be wary of individuals posing as immigration consultants and offering their fraudulent services to undocumented youth, in light of President Obama’s new deferred action immigration policy.

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Walnut's English-only proposal goes to Justice Department for review

Jul 17 2012

89.3 KPCC

The Department of Justice is checking out a new proposal from the City of Walnut that would require people who address the City Council to speak in English or bring an interpreter.

The idea came from a resident who attended a City Hall meeting and said she couldn’t understand a couple of speakers who addressed the council in Mandarin.

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Asian-American voters could become game-changers in presidential election

Jul 9 2012

Silicon Valley-Mercury News

Add Asian-Americans to the list of voting blocs that candidates and political parties ignore at their own peril. Just as "soccer moms" proved to be a crucial swing vote in 1996 and Latinos have become a much-sought-after constituency, the Asian-American electorate is now emerging as a game-changer.

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APALC hosts immigration forum For DREAMers

Jul 6 2012

Asian Journal

LOS ANGELES – The Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) is hosting a free forum next Wednesday to help guide undocumented youth about the new guidelines set forth by President Barack Obama’s historic immigration policy.

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Data on Asian American Success Doesn't Tell the Whole Story

Jul 5 2012

Huffington Post

This country's fastest growing racial group, Asian Americans, comes from all walks of life. Some are doctors or lawyers, others work in restaurants or nail salons. Many were born in the United States, most are immigrants. They have roots in countries throughout Asia, including Bangladesh, Burma, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

The Asian American Center for Advancing Justice (Advancing Justice) and other organizations serving Asian Americans are deeply concerned about how findings from a recent study by the Pew Research Center have been used to portray our communities. While the report, "The Rise of Asian Americans," should be applauded for the attention it provides an often misunderstood racial group, its narrative largely ignores the tremendous social and economic diversity within Asian American communities. Failure to fully recognize the challenge Asian Americans face means that the educational, economic, and social service needs of America's fastest growing racial group will not be fully understood or addressed by policy makers.

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Supreme Court Delivers Mixed Ruling on SB 1070

Jun 29 2012


The Supreme Court June 25 delivered a mixed decision on Arizona’s SB 1070, striking down three provisions but retaining the most contentious part of the legislation which would allow law enforcement officials to demand proof of immigration status from anyone they suspect is undocumented.

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Law professors' letter may have swayed Obama

Jun 26 2012

Winston-Salem Journal

Nearly 100 law professors from top universities nationwide, including Wake Forest University, signed a letter advising President Barack Obama that the executive branch has the authority to defer deportation of young immigrants — just weeks before the president announced plans to do so.

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