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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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Department of Justice Provides Legal Aid to Unaccompanied Child Immigrants

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By Sarah Guan In May of 2014, 10,579 unaccompanied children crossed the border, and 10,628 unaccompanied children crossed the border in June[1] 2014. However, these children are crossing the border illegally, and their presence is inundating our immigration courts. In response to this occurrence, the Department of Justice, in conjunction with the Corporation of National Community Service (CNCS), announced grants …

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Undocumented Jose Antonio Vargas Indicted APA Groups Support Vargas, Immigration Reform

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By Jennie L. Ilustre Jose Antonio Vargas, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, founder of Define American immigration advocacy group, and the nation’s most well-known undocumented, now faces indictment after his arrest on July 15.   Vargas, 33, was arrested in Texas for failure to present a valid U.S. visa. He was in McAllen on the invitation of advocacy groups to focus on …

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DC Area’s Growing Filipino Population Rallies Around Social Causes

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By Tamara Treichel The Philippines have come into the spotlight recently with Typhoon Haiyan lashing the Philippines in November and Filipino American Heritage Month being celebrated in October. But how are Filipinos faring in the United States, and in the metro DC area in particular? Asian Fortune talked with five professionals, four of which are Filipino, both in the DC …

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APA Youth Launch National Immigration Road Tour

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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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Immigration Reform Coalition Vows to Keep Fighting to Reunite Families

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By Jennie L. Ilustre Washington, D.C.–Asian American advocates and families, in a coalition with Latin American and African American labor, civil rights and multi-faith leaders across the country, vowed to keep fighting for family reunification visas at a highly-energized rally held on June 5 at the Capitol (Congress). “If you are for justice, make some noise,” said African American national …

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Senate Passes Landmark Immigration Bill

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Washington, DC – On Thursday evening, July 27, 2013 the Senate passed a bipartisan immigration reform bill that would rewrite the country’s immigration system. The bill would allow the nation’s unauthorized immigrants to get temporary legal status after they passed a criminal background check, paid a fine and paid whatever back taxes they had outstanding. If they successfully maintained a …

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President Obama Meets with Business Leaders to Discuss Immigration Reform

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President Obama met with business leaders on June 25 to discuss plans for immigration reform. The President stated that the current immigration system in place now is “broken,” and called for systems to be put in place so that immigrants can be a part of the above board economy, as opposed to the low-board economy. He cited the bipartisan bill …

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CAPAC: Reuniting Families Crucial to Large-Scale Immigration Reform

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By Jennie L. Ilustre Congresswoman Judy Chu (D, CA), Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), has joined forces with other leaders to fight for family reunification in the comprehensive immigration reform bill. “There is absolutely no reason why we can’t have both family-based and work-based visa programs at the same time,” she said at the CAPAC ceremony …

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Jose Antonio Vargas

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Filipino-American writer and immigration rights activist returned to the DMV once again to share his story to students at the University of Maryland, College Park campus preceding a large immigration rights rally and march in Washington, DC. His story, while perhaps unconventional, is still an American dream.

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OCA Talk on Asian American Immigration

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By CeCe Wang April 28, 2013 – Today, an enormous number of Chinese students and young professionals fly to the United States via airport with their legal student and work visa to seek better life opportunities. However, in the 19th century, Chinese civilians who were seeking to escape war and poverty by selling labor to American and Canadian railroad recruiters …

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