Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center

Advancing Justice Delivers Strong Message in Support of President’s Immigration Action

LOS ANGELES – Today, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and the expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Nationally, about 400,000 undocumented Asian immigrants would be eligible for these deferred action initiatives.

“We know that DAPA and expanded DACA stand on the right side of the law,” said Stewart Kwoh, president and executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA). “In the last five decades, Presidents from both sides of the aisle have taken executive action to shape immigration priorities.”

A Supreme Court decision on the case, known as United States v. Texas, is expected by June 30.

“While the legal battle ensues and anti-immigrant campaigns on the state and national level continue, we must remember that these actions have a real human cost,” said Anthony Ng, immigrant rights policy advocate at Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA). “A ruling against DAPA won’t just impact undocumented immigrants; it will impact their families, as well as our neighborhoods and communities.”

In California, an estimated 15 percent of the state’s undocumented residents are Asian, comprising approximately 416,000 people. Of those, 130,000 are in Los Angeles County and 52,000 are in Orange County. Statewide, Advancing Justice-LA estimates that the largest groups of undocumented Asians are: Filipinos (143,000), Chinese (76,000), Koreans (71,000), Vietnamese (60,000), and Asian Indian (46,000).

Advancing Justice-LA continues to provide free immigration services to those who qualify for the existing DACA program, hosting free DACA workshops (by appointment) every Tuesday at the Karsh Family Social Service Center (3750 W. 6th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90020) from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and every Thursday at Advancing Justice-LA’s downtown office (1145 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90017) from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

For those who do not currently qualify for the DACA program, Advancing Justice-LA offers free immigration eligibility screenings to undocumented immigrants who wish to get more information about whether they qualify for any other forms of immigration relief.

For more information or a free immigration eligibility screening or to schedule an appointment for a DACA workshop, email or call one of our in-language toll-free helplines:

Chinese: 800-520-2356

Khmer: 800-867-3126

Korean: 800-867-3640

Tagalog: 885-300-2552

Thai: 800-914-9583

Vietnamese: 800-267-7395

DACA English & Spanish: 213-241-0240

Individuals with criminal issues are encouraged to consult with an attorney or BIA accredited individual. Advancing Justice-LA also warns community members to be wary of “immigration counselors”, “preparers”, “notarios”, and other unauthorized practitioners who will ask for money to prepare forms for you or “save your place in line”.

To report immigration fraud, contact the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at or 1-877-382-4357. In addition, you may contact the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office Consumer Protection Division at 213-586-3273.

Randy Bunnao, 213-241-0227,
About Advancing Justice - LA: 
Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles (Advancing Justice - LA) is the nation’s largest legal and civil rights organization for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (NHPI). Through direct services, impact litigation, policy advocacy, leadership development, and capacity building, Advancing Justice - LA focuses on the most vulnerable members of Asian American and NHPI communities while also building a strong voice for civil rights and social justice.
Monday, April 18, 2016


Advancing Justice-LA's helplines prioritize assistance to low-income persons in the following areas of law: family, immigration, public benefits, employement, housing, and civil rights. 

English: 888.349.9695
需要協助嗎: 800.520.2356
도움이 필요하십니까: 800.867.3640
Tagalog: 855.300.2552
ต้องการความช่วยเหลือ: 800.914.9583

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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.