Immigrant Rights

Black and AAPI Immigrants Build Towards Deep Solidarity and Collective Power

From Friday, July 20 to Sunday, July 22, undocumented young people, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients, and community leaders from the Black and Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) immigrant communities convened in the greater Los Angeles area for a three-day long conference. This conference, titled Woori Ujima, woori meaning “our” in Korean and ujima meaning “collective work and responsibility” in Swahili, was spearheaded by the UndocuBlack Network and NAKASEC & Affiliates, KRC and Hana Center. The conference was held in Los Angeles, which was the location where the 1992 Los Angeles Civil Unrest took place, also called Los Angeles Uprising in recognition of its nature as protest against police brutality against black people - specifically the beating of Rodney King, as well as a history of violence and repression against people of color.

Vox: Bias against Asian-American students is real. Affirmative action isn’t the problem.

The affirmative action debate is shifting again, with new faces but old arguments. The claim? Affirmative action in college admissions hurts Asian Americans, especially at elite universities like Harvard. The story is not as simple as some commentators suggest. If admissions officers exhibited unconscious or conscious bias against Asian Americans, then this must be addressed. But even so, it is important to recognize that the problem would be racism, not affirmative action. To conflate the two represents a fundamental misunderstanding of the issues. It is also part of a pattern: Over the past few decades, challenges to anti-Asian bias have repeatedly been appropriated and reframed by opponents of affirmative action.

Politico: Judge largely rejects Trump bid to block California sanctuary laws

A federal judge on Thursday rejected the bulk of a Trump administration demand to block three California sanctuary laws, allowing the state to keep in place its most significant legislative measures aimed at countering President Donald Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigration. Sacramento-based U.S. District Court Judge John Mendez rejected, for now, the Justice Department’s drive to halt a California law that limits the kinds of immigration-related information state and local law enforcement can share with federal officials. The judge also declined DOJ’s request to block another law guaranteeing California officials certain information about local and privately run jails that hold immigration detainees in the Golden State.

Families Belong Together: Freedom for Immigrants!

The Trump Administration is breaking up families. It’s happening at our borders, at churches, schools, and workplaces. At the core of who we are as Americans is our love of country and family. From the border to our neighborhoods, we must not only ask “where are the children” but how we as nation stand up against a government forcibly breaking up families. KRC will join the day of action that’s happening all across the nation on June 30th to tell Donald Trump and his administration to stop separating kids from their parents.

ABC: Sen. Kamala Harris visits immigration facility in Otay Mesa

U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris was in San Diego County Friday to visit an immigration facility in Otay Mesa. As part of her tour of the Otay Mesa Immigration and Detention Facility, Harris met with migrant mothers who have been separated from their children, according to officials with her office. After the tour, Harris and the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties held a rally outside the detention facility. The event kicks off a weekend of regional demonstrations.

Calling for an Immediate and Safe Return of Separated Children

On Friday, June 22, 2018, KRC mobilized 60 Asian Americans from Los Angeles Koreatown and various Orange County cities to the Otay Mesa Detention Center in San Diego. The contingent joined the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties, CHIRLA, alongside other partner organizations for a rally and press conference to denounce the Trump administration’s cruel separation and detention of families seeking refuge in the United States. This event kicks off a weekend of demonstrations occurring in the region as outrage spreads.

Call To Action: Families Belong Together

We are appalled by the separation of over 2,300 children in the short time since the enactment of the Trump administration's new zero tolerance policy. While this policy was rescinded yesterday by executive order, the creation of what essentially are family jails is not a humane alternative. We demand that the administration ensure the immediate and safe return of the children already separated back to their parents and that racist attacks on immigrant communities stop. Two immigration bills that will harm the family-based immigration system - Goodlatte's Securing America's Future Act and Paul Ryan and Donald Trump's Border Security and Immigration Reform Act - will likely be voted on today: Call your Congressmember now!