Rumblings of Immigration Reform Threaten Asian Americans, Advocacy Group Warns

"...Last week, the House rejected a hopeful compromise floated by Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) that included a “merit-based green card program” — a system that awarded “points” to permanent visa applicants, according to Politico. And though the bill was ultimately shot down, the emphasis on “merit” seems to echo a leaked draft earlier this year from the Department of Homeland Security. The draft, first reported by the Washington Post, outlines how the department might consider an applicant’s use of public welfare in granting permanent residency." 

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Rebecca Lee
AAPI Progressive Action Condemns Trump’s Racist Comments

WASHINGTON—Today, our nation remembers civil rights icon Martin Luther King who worked to unite our communities, end racism, and fought for equality for all. Yet, in the preceding days, President Trump made racist statements against immigrants from Africa and Haiti, and ended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for nearly 200,000 Salvadorans.

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Joyce Liu
Virginia Elections Underscore “Missed Opportunity” By Not Investing in Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities

WASHINGTON—While Democrats swept the Virginia elections in 2017, many Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) votes were left unclaimed, which would have made the difference in several House of Delegate seats and likely led to a flipping that chamber. The Democrats have not controlled the House of Delegates since 1999, when they had controlled it for over a century.

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Joyce Liu
Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Win Elections Across the Country

WASHINGTON – AAPI Progressive Action is proud of the electoral gains made by progressive Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) candidates across the country on November 7, 2017. It is clear from the election results that AAPIs are making waves against Donald Trump’s reactionary, repressive, and regressive policies by electing officials who will stand up for the community

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Joyce Liu
Leading Asian Americans Launch AAPI Progressive Action for a Strong and Diverse America

WASHINGTON – Launching today, AAPI Progressive Action will work to empower Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) to build a strong and diverse America. Through collaboration with communities and leaders, AAPI Progressive Action will take immediate steps to formulate and promote domestic policies of importance to AAPI communities, engage in direct advocacy with lawmakers, and work to elect progressive voices across the country. The organization is founded by leading progressive voices in the AAPI community, including former commissioners of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. 

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Joyce Liu