2021 Bill & Budget Priorities

Monday, June 7th 2021
Asian Americans Advancing Justice - California (Advancing Justice - CA) is a joint partnership of Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus (Advancing Justice-ALC) and Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles (Advancing Justice - LA). Our policy team is based in Sacramento and works with the Policy Director at Advancing Justice-ALC and the Policy Director at Advancing Justice - LA.

​We work to pass statewide legislation to improve the opportunities and quality of life for underserved communities, such as people of color and immigrants.

We encourage ​Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities to have a role in leading policy reform in California.
Protecting Immigrants and Refugees from Detention and Deportation 
  • The VISION Act (AB 937-Carrillo) - Criminalized refugees and immigrants are the most vulnerable to detention and deportation by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The VISION Act will protect refugee and immigrant community members who have already been deemed eligible for release from being funneled by local jails and our state prison system to immigration detention.
  • Action: Submit letter of support; Call your representative; Post on social media. 
  • Abolish ICE Resolution (AJR-1-Kalra)- Since its establishment almost 20 years ago, ICE has routinely engaged in violent human rights abuses, using deceptive practices and billions of dollars in federal funding to achieve its sole purpose of inhumane detention and deportation. The Abolish ICE Resolution calls for the U.S. Congress to abolish the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency.  
Ensuring Equity in Education 
  • The College Access for All Act  (SB 309-Leyva)- All California high school students, regardless of income, ethnicity, or status, should have an equal opportunity to access coursework and resources that put them on the path to higher education. The College Access for All Act and the accompanying budget requests will reduce barriers to college readiness at the most underserved schools and advance equity in our educational system and economy.  
  • Action:​ Share your support College Access for All Act (2021) on social media: snap a selfie and share your story or support, share the need for increased support for undocumented students 
Advancing Equitable Language Access to Worker Benefits 
  • Ensuring Equitable Language Access at EDD (AB 401-Chiu)- California is currently failing residents with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) who are in many cases unable to get the information and resources they need to access their benefits. AB 401 takes steps to ensure that all Californians seeking benefits provided by the Employment Development Department (EDD) have the language support required to access the services and benefits they need. 
Keeping Our Communities Healthy  
  • Health4All (AB 4-Arambula) and (SB 56-Durazo) - Currently, many Californians are denied access to Medi-Cal coverage due to their undocumented immigration status. Health4All acknowledge that healthcare is a human right by extending Medi-Cal eligibility to those who qualify for the coverage aside from their immigration status.
  • Action: Submit your story for HealthforAll. 
Combatting Anti-Asian Hate and Violence 
  • Hate Violence Victim Support Act (AB 886-Chiu) - The recent surge in anti-Asian hate and violence demands community-based solutions that invest in true safety for all of us. AB 886 will support culturally competent mental health services for victims of hate violence and restorative justice programs and expand access to victim compensation funds.
  • Action: Submit thisletter of supportfor AB 886. 


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Our mission is to advocate for civil rights, provide legal services and education, and build coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders and to create a more equitable and harmonious society.