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Let's Make Sure Our Hardest Workers Aren't Excluded From Immigration Reform

June 24, 2013
Please join this urgent action to help ensure day laborers have an avenue to legalization! As you know, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network's (NDLON’s) top legislative priority is to ensure that day laborers are not excluded from eventual legalization. Toward that end, NDLON is strongly supporting Maryland Senator Ben Cardin’s Amendment (#1294) to add a Community Service component to the Senate bill's legalization program. The bill now requires applicants to demonstrate employment history 6 years after receiving provisional status and again at 10 years. This means many immigrants will...
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Home Alone

June 13, 2013
A one-year-old baby boy is ripped out of his mother’s arms with no assurance that they will ever see each other again. A second grader in Minnesota ended up home alone caring for his toddler brother. Every day, kids come home wondering if their parents will be there. As a mom, I know that children’s worst nightmare is to be separated from their parents. Yet, 4.5 million children in the United States must live with this fear every day. It's long past time for comprehensive immigration policy reform that reflects the contributions and needs of women and moms. Can you click here to urge your...
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Honoring the Voices and Influence of the Asian Pacific American Community: A MomsRising Blog Carnival Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

May 31, 2013
This blog carnival was updated four times on May 30, 2013. Asian-Americans are the fastest growing minority in the United States, growing by 46% between the 2000 and 2010 censuses . Also, May marks Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. In celebration of the many contributions of women, mothers and families of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage to the United States, I am pleased to introduce this blog carnival by MomsRising.org. Below you will find a series of blog posts by Asian Pacific Americans from all walks of life. Please show your support by leaving a comment or two, sharing with your...
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The Fight for Racial Justice Continues

May 30, 2013
CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities (aka Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence) is a pan-Asian organization based in New York City that has been doing social and racial justice work since 1986. We are rooted in low-income Asian immigrant and refugee communities and work to build the leadership of those most impacted by systemic and institutional injustice and violence. We believe that policing and state violence affects everyone. As Asians, we are often disregarded or looked at with skepticism when it comes to these issues. However, we are clear that despite there being examples of success...
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Immigration Policy Must Respect Experiences of Immigrant Women and Mothers

May 30, 2013
Photo on right: Deepa with her mother in Nashville, Tennessee, circa 1975 As an immigrant, a South Asian American, and a mother, the current debate over immigration policy is deeply personal to me. At the time my parents moved from India to spend a year in Nashville, Tennessee, I was two and a half, around the same age as my own son is now. As I navigate life with a toddler, I often reflect on the experiences that my mother had when she became a new immigrant in the United States. It is hard for me to imagine the isolation that she must have felt in a new country, not yet “home.” In India, my...
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What does the new immigration bill mean for women and families?

May 29, 2013
As Asian Pacific American Heritage Month comes to an end, and summer plans kick off, we as Asian American women must take the time to reflect what’s at stake for our families in the comprehensive immigration reform bill. Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted S.744 out of committee and now goes to the Senate floor. The Asian American Justice Center (AAJC) was pleased to see provisions that reduce our long backlog and allow permanent residents to petition their immediate family more quickly, also known as the “2a fix” remain in the Senate bill. The bill also sets to increase the...
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The youngest in our community say yes to immigration reform

May 29, 2013
For the first time in many years, we have an opportunity to pass common sense immigration reform legislation. Last week, S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act, passed from the Senate Judiciary Committee in a bipartisan 13-5 vote. As the bill heads to the full Senate for more debates and a floor vote, Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) families are organizing a day of action to make sure Congress passes a strong comprehensive immigration reform bill that preserves the family visa program. The action, "Stand With Families: National AAPI Day...
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The best way to celebrate API heritage month: Fighting for our families

May 29, 2013
I love the month of May. The flowers are in full bloom and the promise of beach days ahead is tantalizing. But there’s another reason May is so special – it’s a celebration of the heritage of Asian Pacific Americans and our long and diverse histories. Amidst the incredible diversity of Asian American cultures and experiences, there’s often a common thread: a deep commitment to family and strong ties to siblings, parents, and extended family members. In fact, family is the cornerstone for many immigrant communities, and it’s also supposed to be a cornerstone of our immigration system. But...
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Why It’s Important to Teach Kids About Asian American History

May 29, 2013
Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons: Dorothea Lange picture of Japanese-American children reciting the pledge of allegiance May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. But in my family, we try to learn about Asian American history year round. Because they are multiracial Asians, my kids especially need to learn about the history and contributions of Asian immigrants in the United States. But everyone can benefit from learning about the experiences of Asians in America, especially as Congress debates proposed changes to the nation’s immigration policies. My own parents arrived in the United...

How Did Children Fare in the SJC Immigration Reform Markup?

May 28, 2013
This past Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee (SJC) voted to advance the immigration reform bill (S.744) onto the Senate floor, representing a historic step forward for immigrant children and families. The committee considered numerous amendments over a period of five days, and the First Focus Campaign for Children (FFCC) determined that many amendments had the potential to positively or negatively affect children. Overall, children fared very well in the process, with the passage of several positive amendments that will help keep families together in the face of immigration enforcement,...
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