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Outrage over DACA’s Termination

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By Jennie L. Ilustre Asian American advocacy groups are unanimously condemning President Trump’s executive action on September 5, ending the 2012 Deferred Action for Children Arrivals (DACA) program signed by President Obama. They also strongly urged the 115th U.S. Congress to pass the 2017 DREAM Act, or a similar legislation protecting DACA. Remarked OCA National Vice President of Public Affairs …

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Virginia Candidate Kathy Tran and Her Passion for Public Service

Kathy Tran (D), candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates’ 42nd District.

By Jennie L. Ilustre If and when she prevails in the November 7 general election, Kathy Tran would be the third Asian American delegate to the Virginia State Assembly. She would also be the first Vietnamese American elected at any level in Virginia.   But this is not the reason Tran is running for public office for the first time. …

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Ten-Day Ganesha Festival Draws Devotees to Workhouse Arts Center in Virginia

An awe-inspiring 20-foot Ganesha idol from Kolkata, India, is drawing devotees to a ten-day festival which opened August 25 at the Workhouse Arts Center in the Washington area

20-foot idol of Lord Ganesha, 1,000-pound Laddoo, fireworks among highlights of festival By Geeta Goindi Lorton, Virginia, August 25, 2017 – In one of the largest festivals of its kind in the national capital region, the Hindu god of beginnings, Ganesha, is at the heart and center of celebrations at the Workhouse Arts Center in the Washington area. The event …

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Asian American Groups Condemn Violence in Charlottesville Rally

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - JULY 08: Counter protestors gather during a planned Ku Klux Klan protest on July 8, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia.  The KKK is protesting the planned removal of a statue of General Robert E. Lee, and calling for the protection of Southern Confederate monuments. (Photo by Chet Strange/Getty Images)

Asian American organizations are united in their condemnation of the hatred and violence at a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12, which resulted in the loss of an innocent life. At press time, these organizations include the Migrant Heritage Commission MHC), OCA, the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO (APALA), South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), and the National …

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Advocates Urge Congress To Pass 2017 Dream Act

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By Jennie L. Ilustre Advocates are urging Congress to approve the 2017 DREAM Act, introduced last July 20 by Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican from South Carolina, and Senator Dick Durbin, Democrat from Illinois, in the 115th U.S. Congress. The bipartisan bill seeks to provide legal status, as well as a pathway to citizenship, to undocumented children or minors raised and …

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Indian-American Lawmakers Kamala Harris, Ami Bera Co-Sponsor Fourth Annual Langar on Capitol Hill

Democratic Congressman Ami Bera of California is flanked by SikhLEAD interns and leaders of SALDEF at the fourth annual Langar on Capitol Hill

SALDEF’s SikhLEAD class of 2017 raises 10,000 dollars, packages 500 meals for the needy By Geeta Goindi Washington, DC, July 25, 2017 – The fourth annual Langar on Capitol Hill was co-sponsored by Indian-American lawmakers, Senator Kamala Harris and Congressman Ami Bera, both Democrats of California, and drew over 200 attendees on a Monday evening.  The event was held ahead …

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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Conferred with Inaugural Zee Entertainment National Leadership Award

Ajit Pai (left), the first ever Indian-American to head the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), is presented the inaugural Zee Entertainment National Leadership Award by Amit Goenka, CEO of International Broadcast Business, Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL), at a reception on Capitol Hill

Pai is the first ever Indian-American to head the Federal Communications Commission By Geeta Goindi Washington, DC, July 17, 2017 – Ajit Varadaraj Pai, the first ever Indian-American to lead the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), was conferred with the inaugural Zee Entertainment National Leadership Award at a special event on Capitol Hill. The 44-year-old Republican attorney was appointed to the …

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Continue DACA, Asian American Advocates Urge President Trump

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By Jennie L. Ilustre Asian American advocates are urging President Trump to continue the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, following administration announcement in mid-June that the program remains in effect pending review, while permanently ending the Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA). DACA, began in 2012 through an Executive Order by President Obama, allows adults who entered the …

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Indian-American Girl Ananya Vinay Crowned Champion of National Spelling Bee

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Indian-origin children have won the iconic competition for ten consecutive years By Geeta Goindi National Harbor, Maryland, June 1, 2017 – In one of the most riveting contests, a young Indian-American girl, Ananya Vinay, 12, of California, has been crowned champion of the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee.  It’s a historic triumph: for ten consecutive years, Indian-American children have won …

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Celebration and Resistance Mark APA Heritage Month

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  By Jennie L. Ilustre Ever wonder why the month of May was chosen to celebrate Asian Pacific American (APA) Heritage Month? May honors two historic milestones: The arrival of the first Japanese immigrants in May 1843, and also the completion of the transcontinental railroad in May 1869. In 1978, the U.S. Congress established Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week through a …

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Indian-American Senator Kamala Harris Keynotes 2017 Madeleine K. Albright Luncheon to Promote Political Empowerment of Women

Senator Kamala Harris (Democrat - California), the first Indian-American elected to the upper chamber of the US Congress, delivering the keynote address at the 2017 Madeleine K. Albright Luncheon, inspiring the next generation of women leaders

Senator Harris credits her Indian grandmother and mother for being her role models at NDI event By Geeta Goindi Washington, DC, May 5, 2017 – Senator Kamala Harris, the first ever Indian-American elected to the upper chamber of Congress, delivered the keynote address at the 2017 Madeleine K. Albright Luncheon held in the nation’s capital to inspire the next generation …

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Georgetown EHLS Program Currently Seeking Linguistic Scholars – Deadline 7/17/17

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Sponsored Content The English for Heritage Language Speakers (EHLS) is a program in professional English for speakers of critical languages. The National Security Education Program (NSEP) which funds the program, seeks to broaden the pool of individuals (our scholars) with languages and cultural expertise who are interested in long-term employment with the U.S. government and specifically with agencies involved in …

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APA Organizations Urge Probe, Boycott of UA for Using ‘Excessive Force’ in Removing Passenger

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By Jennie L. Ilustre Asian Pacific American (APA) organizations, outraged over the “use of excessive force” in the removal of Vietnamese American (initially thought to be Chinese American) passenger, identified by the media as Dr. David Dao, 69, from a United Airlines plane on April 9, are demanding: 1) a thorough investigation of the incident; 2) accountability on the part …

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UA 3411: On Being a Randomly Picked Asian

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by Andrew Lam (New American Media) In America, when a source of authority says it randomly singles you out, you should always be wary. On Monday, video surfaced of a Vietnamese American, David Dao, being forcefully dragged from a United Airlines flight departing Chicago for Louisville, Kentucky. Dao, 69, had allegedly refused to voluntarily give up his seat on the …

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President Trump Condemns Kansas Shooting in First Major Address to Joint Session of US Congress

President Trump speaks to a joint session of the US Congress for the first time since being elected. Seen seated are his Vice President, Mike Pence (left), and House Speaker Paul Ryan (Republican - Wisconsin)

By Geeta Goindi Washington, DC, February 28, 2017 – After nearly a week of stoic silence, President Trump has condemned the shooting in Olathe city, Kansas, which left one Indian engineer dead and two other men injured. Under fire for not speaking earlier, the president opened his first major address to both houses of the US Congress, Tuesday night, by …

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White House: Too early to guess motives in Kansas shooting of Indian engineers

Srinivas Kuchibhotla (left) was fatally shot and Alok Madasani injured in probable hate-crime in Olathe city, Kansas. Both are 32-year-old Hindus originally from Hyderabad, and engineers by profession employed by GPS device-maker Garmin

US lawmakers denounce xenophobic attack, bemoan uptick in violence against minorities By Geeta Goindi Washington, DC, February 28, 2017 – In the wake of a tragic shooting in Olathe city, Kansas, which left one Indian national dead and two other men injured, the Trump administration is being tested for its fair treatment of minorities as well as its views on …

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Trump Allows DACA Immigrants to Stay in the U.S.– For Now

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By Jennie L. Ilustre Asian American leaders have denounced the expanded, expedited crackdown on the nation’s 11 million undocumented, as announced on February 21 – but some were heartened to know that President Donald Trump has so far decided not to touch the Deferred Action on Children Arrivals (DACA) program.   DACA was a program under an Executive Order signed …

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Asian American Advocacy Groups To Fight Immigration Crackdown; Urge Fair and Humane Solution

By Jennie L. Ilustre Asian American advocacy organizations have lambasted the two memorandums by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), issued on February 21, which implement the immigration policies under President Donald Trump in line with his campaign promises on tightening border control. The move would increase the categories of people subject to priority deportation, as well as speed up …

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Indian-American Teen Swetha Prabakaran is Selected for First Lady Michelle Obama’s Education Campaign

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In final White House event, First Lady promotes diversity, higher education, empowering youth By Geeta Goindi Washington, DC, January 6, 2017 – An outstanding Indian-American teenager, Swetha Prabakaran of Ashburn, Virginia, has been appointed to the inaugural Student Advisory Board of First Lady Michelle Obama’s education campaign, ‘Better Make Room’. Swetha, whose parents immigrated from Tamil Nadu’s Tirunelveli in 1998, …

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Sponsored Post: Notice of Settlement Agreement

As part of its ongoing commitment to its customers and its obligation under the D.C. Language Access Act, the D.C. Department of Human Services (“DHS”) Economic Security Administration (“ESA”) announces language access improvements in its city-wide ESA Service Centers.  If you are an ESA customer with limited or no English proficiency, you should expect to receive: Assistance from an in-person …

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Elation, Concern Greet Trump’s Asian American Cabinet Choices

By Jennie L. Ilustre President-elect Donald J. Trump announced in November he would nominate three American women of Asian descent to his 15-member Cabinet. His action and the choices he made got mixed reaction from Asian American leaders. Some elated leaders gave it a response akin to a high five, touting the triumph of talent and diversity. Others looked at …

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Filipino-American firm of Leuterio Thomas A Big Part of $1.4B MGM Resort Design Team

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By Jennie L. Ilustre When the $1.4-billion MGM National Harbor casino and international resort formally opened on Dec. 8 amid a lot of fanfare in Maryland, MGM Resorts International Chairman and CEO Jim Murren thanked the people that made it happen, including minority businessowners in the area. One of these entrepreneurs is Hedy Leuterio Thomas, president and CEO of Leuterio …

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OCA Denounces ‘Muslim Registry’ and Appeal to Japanese Incarceration During WWII

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates denounced the plan to institute a “Muslim registry” and the appeal to the unconstitutional Japanese American incarceration during WWII as a possible grounds for justification of the registry. This Wednesday on Fox News, Carl Higbie spoke out in favor of a “Muslim registry” that would maintain a list of Muslim immigrants …

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Incumbents & First-Timers are among Asian Americans in the Nov. 8 Elections

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By Jennie L. Ilustre On November 8, the nation will elect a new president. As exciting as that is, other candidates are also on the ballot. These include the candidates for vice president, all 435 incumbent members of the US House of Representatives, and 34 of the 100-member US Senate. Incumbents running for reelection, as well as first-timers from both …

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