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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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Donald Trump: India and the US “are going to be best friends”

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump addressing the anti-terror rally organized by the Republican Hindu Coalition (RHC) in Edison, New Jersey. Seen at right is Shalabh Kumar, founder and chairman of RHC

GOP White House hopeful calls Prime Minister Modi a “great man” at anti-terror rally in New Jersey By Geeta Goindi Edison, New Jersey, October 15, 2016 – Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has pledged that India-US ties will reach a new high if he wins the election. Addressing a sizable gathering at the spacious New Jersey Convention and Expo Center …

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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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High Stakes in Presidential Elections Involve New Supreme Court Justices–APA Leaders

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By Jennie L. Ilustre   So what exactly happened recently that has a big impact on the November 8 presidential elections? Answer: Two Supreme Court decisions on issues that have divided this great nation: Immigration and Abortion. Leaders from both political parties and Asian Pacific American (APA) leaders predict the decisions would energize voter turn-out on Election Day. Reason: The …

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37 Million Asian Americans by 2040

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UCLA Study Shows More AAPI Voters is What Really Counts By Jennie L. Ilustre In 2040, one out of 10 Americans would be of Asian and Pacific Islander (AAPI) heritage. That translates to a projected 37 million, or 10 percent of the nation’s total population over the next 25 years.     But Paul M. Ong, senior editor of UCLA …

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50 Young Asian American Stars in Politics

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This is a list of young Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) who are making a difference in politics and public service in this great country. Indeed, these stars shine brightly, and their potentials are boundless. Quite likely, some of them will be the kingmaker or the queenmaker in the future, helping elect the president of the United States. In …

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No Jail Time Ruling for Ex-NYC Cop Liang Gets Mixed Reaction from APA Community

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  By Jennie L. Ilustre Former New York City Police Officer Peter Liang will not serve any prison time for the fatal shooting of Akai Gurley in November 2014. On April 19, after reducing Liang’s February jury conviction from second-degree manslaughter to criminally negligent homicide, Acting Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun sentenced Liang, 28, to five-year probation and 800 …

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Our Political Coming-out Party: Reflections on First Chinese Immigrant-Sponsored Candidate Forum in the National Capital Region

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By Lily Qi Saturday night, March 26, 2016, exactly one month before the Maryland primary election, over 350 people packed the Cabin John Middle School Cafeteria in Potomac, Maryland, to meet 10 candidates from both the Democratic and Republican parties running for Maryland’s 8th Congressional District seat. According to the candidates, it was the second largest event of the 17 …

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President Obama, Nominate the First Asian-American Supreme Court Justice

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By Christopher Kang   (This editorial appeared in the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA). Christopher Kang is the NCAPA National Director. He is a former Deputy Assistant and Deputy Counsel to President Barack Obama in the Office of the White House Counsel, where he was in charge of the selection, vetting, and confirmation of the president’s judicial nominees.) …

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Will an Asian American make History As the Next Supreme Court Justice?

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By Jennie L. Ilustre The demise of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on February 13 has given rise to two important questions. First, should his replacement be confirmed this year, or should that await the results of the Nov. 8 presidential elections? A Feb. 18-21 Pew Research Center survey shows 56 percent of Americans believe the Senate should hold hearings …

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United Asian American Groups Hold Rallies, Urge Fair Ruling for Ex-NY Cop Peter Liang

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By Jennie L. Ilustre   In a show of unity, coalitions of Asian American groups held nationwide rallies and issued supportive letters and public statements, urging a fair and just decision for former New York police officer Peter Liang, while emphasizing that all cops must be held accountable for their actions. Liang was convicted on Feb. 11 on charges of …

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The 2016 Asian American Vote Is Up for Grabs & the Republicans Aim to Win It

Election official Henry Tung displays a sheet of "I Voted" stickers in various  languages at a polling station at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Monterey Park, Los Angeles County, on November 6, 2012 in California, as Americans flock to the polls nationwide to decide between President Barack Obama, his Rebuplican challenger Mitt Romney, and a wide range of other issues. Monterey Park is one of six cities in California's 49th Assembly District, the state's first legislative district where Asian-Americans make up the majority of the population.     AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. BROWN        (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

By Jennie L. Ilustre Historically, Asian Pacific Americans have overwhelmingly voted for the Democratic Party. But in the 2014 midterm elections, the door opened a crack: They voted 50-49 in favor of the Republican Party. Although Democratic advocates sniffed that it was just a one-point advantage, Mainstream America took notice. Politico newspaper’s top expert Alex Burns tweeted on election night, …

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Antonio Taguba, Influential Asian American

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By Jennie L. Ilustre U.S. Army Major General Antonio M. Taguba retired on December 31, 2006, after 34 years of distinguished service to the nation. Since then, instead of one, he has been wearing many hats. He has dedicated his retirement to projects that honor veterans, guide seniors and their families, and inspire professionals and students alike to develop as …

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Pope and Trump Boost National Debate on Immigration Issue–Migrant Leader

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By Jennie L. Ilustre   An Asian American advocacy leader said the much-needed national debate on the urgent issue of immigration reform has received a boost from Pope Francis, who made a historic visit to the U.S. last month, and from Donald Trump, the leading Republican candidate in the race for the 2016 presidential elections. Migrant Heritage Commission (MHC) Executive …

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A Step Forward and a Setback on Immigration Reform Actions  

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By Jennie Illustre Three on-going developments on immigration reform have Asian Pacific American advocates cheering on one hand, and urging persistence on the other.   One welcome directive by President Obama would fast-track, through parole visa, the family reunification of some 20,000 Philippine-based single and married sons and daughters with surviving World War II veterans who are Filipino Americans or …

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Asian American civil rights groups react to tensions between Asian Americans and Africans Americans in Baltimore

News outlets recently began reporting on tensions between Asian Americans and African Americans in Baltimore, following the unrest after the death of Freddie Gray. Mee Moua, president and executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC, issued the following statement on behalf of four leading Asian American civil rights organizations, including: Advancing Justice | AAJC, Advancing Justice – Atlanta, …

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Thoughts from Asian Americans Community Leaders on the 2016 Presidential Elections

Chiling Tong, Founder & CEO International Leadership Foundation In terms of voting behavior, 2016 will prove to be a very interesting presidential election cycle. In 1992, only 31% of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs) voted for then-Democratic presidential candidate Bill Clinton. By 2012, over 70% voted for the reelection of President Obama. As we head into the 2016 presidential elections, Asian …

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OCA Applauds the Decision to Remove Anti-Immigrant Amendments in Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates commends the U.S. Senate’s decision to not consider Senator David Vitter’s (R-LA) and Senator James Inhofe’s (R-OK) respective anti-immigrant amendments to the Justice For Victims of Trafficking Act. Yesterday, the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act was passed unanimously by the Senate without considering Senator Vitter or Inhofe’s Amendments that affect …

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2016 Elections: Why This Year is the Time To Focus on Asian American Voter Power

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Next year, the country will elect a new president. But next year is already here. Notice how candidates are already positioning themselves for the primaries and caucuses? It is urgent that now–not next year–is when all candidates must realize that American voters of Asian and Pacific heritage will play a major role in the 2016 elections. Republican Jeb Bush was …

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Asian American Community Leaders Meet with Congressman Chris Van Hollen

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  On March 11, 2015, leaders of Coalition of Asian American Democrats discussed with Maryland Congressman Chris Van Hollen about his candidacy for U.S. Senate and issues important to the Maryland’s Asian Pacific American communities.  Congressman Chris Van Hollen, the only member of the Maryland delegation on the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, discussed his extensive work in supporting small …

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Michelle K. Lee First Woman to Lead United States Patent and Trademark Office

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WASHINGTON — On March 9th 2015, the U.S. Senate confirmed Michelle K. Lee as the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Lee is the first woman and person of color to lead the USPTO. “We congratulate Michelle Lee on her historic confirmation,” said George C. Chen, president of …

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What’s Going on with Immigration Reform?

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By Jennie L. Ilustre American lawyers of Asian ancestry and advocates, noting that most people find the latest immigration reform news confusing, recently underscored the need for accurate, up-to-date information efforts to prevent public misconceptions. “If you have any questions about immigration or immigration reform, make sure to get reliable information – whether from a community group like Asian Americans …

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Susan Lee Wins Election, First Asian-American in Maryland Senate

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By Vanessa Wang Winning 69.9% of votes in the midterm election on November 4, Democrat Susan C. Lee is the first Asian American to win the Maryland State Senate. Lee received a total of 25,975 votes, defeating her rival, Meyer Marks. Susan Lee was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates in 2002 to represent District 16 (Montgomery County) and …

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POLITICS: Message from AAPI Leaders

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This November, two Asian Americans were elected to local office in Maryland. Both are young and bring with them different backgrounds and experiences. Clarence Lam, a board-certified physician in preventive medicine at the the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health won one of three seats for District 12 delegate in Maryland. David Moon, a blogger and public advocate, won …

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