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APA Youth Launch National Immigration Road Tour


Several Asian American and Pacific Islander undocumented youths, members of Congress, and National AAPI leaders convened on July 31 on the steps of the U.S. Capitol Building to raise awareness for immigration reform. The youths, recently approved under DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, demonstrated at the House Triangle today as part of their nine-city tour, “DREAM Riders: Road …

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HealthCare.Gov Provides Tools to Help AAPIs Get Health Insurance

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  The  stereotype that casts Asian Americans as a “model minority group” fails to account for the fact that, like other ethnic and minority groups in the United States, AAPIs suffer disproportionately from chronic diseases such as hepatitis B, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. AAPIs are also the least likely among all racial groups to receive routine mammograms and pap …

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Undocumented Immigrants: By the Numbers

Accurate numbers are difficult to achieve, but according to The Pew Research Center, both Maryland and Virginia are in the top twelve states in the U.S. with the highest percentages of undocumented immigrants, in this order: California, Texas, Florida, New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Georgia, Arizona, North Carolina, Maryland, Washington, and Virginia. Here are the Pew Center’s best guesses for …

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Undocumented Asian American Students


Emerging From the Shadows By Mary Tablante and Jhee Yoon Rockville, MD—Ray Jose thought his future looked bright during senior year at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville. The Philippine-born athlete with an interest in medicine was intent on attending a university. So he was elated to be offered three college scholarships for track. But when he announced the wonderful …

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Obama Administration Rule Change Prioritizes Family Unity

Washington, D.C.—As of March 4, 2013, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will permit certain visa applicants to file for family unity waivers within the United States, reducing the amount of time families must spend apart. “We applaud the Obama Administration for prioritizing family unity by easing burdensome bureaucratic hurdles,” said Erin E. Oshiro, senior staff attorney at the Asian …

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What You Need to Know About Breast Cancer


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Asians lag behind other groups in receiving recommended cancer screenings such as mammograms. CDC’s National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) shows that rates of screening tests for breast cancer are significantly lower among Asians than among whites and blacks. Only 64.1% of AAPI women follow the guidelines, a significant finding as breast cancer …

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Door Mat, Not Welcome Mat: Immigrants Tell of Re-Entry Hurdles


By Devika Koppikar Nearly two years after the termination of the controversial NSEERS program (for National Security Entry-Exit Registration System) (http://www.dhs.gov/dhs-removes-designated-countries-nseers-registration-may-2011) many immigrants continue to face barriers at U.S. ports-of-entries when returning from overseas trips. A majority of the immigrants facing reentry barriers have legal status and are simply returning to jobs, families and communities, activists say. Yet, they face heavy interrogations …

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Danger At Their Fingertips

Vietnamese Nail Workers Risk Health By Archana Pyati and Jhee Yoon Falls Church, VA—Spend an afternoon at your local neighborhood nail salon, and it’s likely your manicurist will be Vietnamese. It’s also possible she (and occasionally he) is risking exposure to toxic chemicals used in salon products. Nationally, 42 percent of nail technicians are Asian, and Vietnamese workers account for 39 percent …

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