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With Drastic Cut in Refugee Numbers, Trump Sets in Motion Policies to Rid Country of Refugees, Immigrants, People of Color

During the worst refugee crisis in history, the Trump administration is intentionally dismantling the life-saving and bipartisan refugee admissions program. The United States is projected to admit less than half of the number of refugees allowed under the current cap of 45,000 (19,899 refugees as of the end of August, projected to reach a high of 21,708 by the end of the fiscal year on September 30). Now the Trump Administration calls to drastically cut the FY2019 refugee cap to 30,000—only to slam the door on more refugees and asylum seekers who are desperately fleeing violence and terror in their home countries.  

Advancing Justice Blasts Racist Political Advertisement in West Virginia Calls on Voters to Reject Bigotry in 2018 Elections

As primary elections begin tomorrow in West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, and North Carolina, one candidate for Senate is spewing bigotry and hate in his bid for the Senate. In a clearly anti-Asian advertisement featuring Don Blankenship – a Republican running in the West Virginia primary – speaking to camera, he denigrates Asians as “China people” and refers to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s “China family.”

City of West Covina Affirms Commitment to Immigrants

Late Tuesday night, West Covina City Council members affirmed the City’s commitment to immigrants as a vital and integral part of the community by upholding and not taking action on SB 54, also known as the California Values Act. The vote is a welcome change from just last year, when the City Council voted to formally oppose the legislation before it was signed into law by Governor Brown last October.  

Asian Americans Advancing Justice Affiliates Condemn Anti-Chinese Statements and Join Demand for a Meeting with FBI Director

 On February 13, 2018, during a U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, FBI director Christopher Wray made broad allegations that “professors, scientists, and students” of Chinese heritage in the United States are a threat to U.S. economic and national security. 
 

Advancing Justice | AAJC and Advancing Justice | LA Condemn USCIS Mission Statement Change

U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) made changes to its mission statement yesterday, taking out the phrases “secures America’s promise as a nation of immigrants” and “promoting an awareness and understanding of citizenship,” and adding the words “protecting Americans, securing the homeland.” The word “customer” was also removed from the statement. USCIS Director Cissna explained the change, saying, “Use of the term leads to the erroneous belief that applicants and petitioners, rather than the American people, are whom we ultimately serve.” He also stated that the agency's priorities include “protecting American workers [and] safeguarding the homeland.” 

Advancing Justice Condemns Supreme Court Decision Allowing Full Enforcement of Muslim Ban Pending Appeal Process

Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court issued an order allowing the Trump administration's Muslim Ban to take full effect as legal challenges move forward in lower courts. This ruling will greatly restrict travelers from six Muslim-majority countries – including Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, and Chad – from entering the United States. 

Asian American Civil Rights Groups Condemn Racist Behavior During World Series and Welcome Punishment for Anti-Asian Gesture and Slur

During game three of the 2017 World Series, Houston Astros’ player Yulieski Gurriel made a racist gesture and slur after hitting a home run off Los Angeles Dodgers’ pitcher, Yu Darvish, who is Japanese and Iranian. Gurriel was filmed pulling back the corners of his eyes and calling Darvish “Chinito”, a Spanish term Gurriel acknowledged was offensive to Asians. After the incident sparked a firestorm of criticism, Major League Baseball (MLB) faced great pressure to take action. It responded the following day, suspending Gurriel for five games in 2018 and ordering sensitivity training in the off-season.   

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