Published: May 19, 2017
AP(Eye) on the Hill is our weekly highlight of significant federal updates, particularly those that impact AAPI communities regarding reproductive, immigration, and economic justice. Learn about NAPAWF’s and other national AAPI groups’ federal policy work while you’re out on the ground!
- AAPI members of Congress speak out, resist Trump collision with Russian officialsAsian Pacific American Heritage Month continues as CAPAC celebrates its 23rd anniversary at the Capitol
- Celebrating Mother’s Day with #MyAsianAmericanFamily
- House Judiciary Committee reviews bill targeting immigrant and refugee communities
- National Asian American Survey finds that a majority of AAPI voters supported Clinton in the election
AAPI members of Congress speak out, resist Trump collision with Russian officials
On Monday, May 15th, The Washington Post reported that President Trump had revealed highly classified information to Russian government officials. Shortly after news broke, a source came forward with information about a memo from former FBI Director James Comey containing information about President Trump attempting to block investigation of Russia. AAPI members of Congress have been outspoken against corruption in the current administration and have called for an independent investigation of the Trump administration's collusion with Russia.
- Representative Ted Lieu, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, claimed on CNN that Trump may have committed “the greatest political crime in history.” Rep. Lieu said, “If there was collusion with the Russians, that is far beyond what happened with Watergate.” Follow the full exchange and resulting coverage on The Washington Free Beacon here.
- Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) told MSNBC, “I really hope that these latest events, from the firing of James Comey to now the sharing of classified information, that shows a tremendous lack of judgement and understanding on the part of this President, about what national security is really about, I hope that causes more Republicans to step up and do what is right for the country.”
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month continues as CAPAC celebrates its 23rd anniversary at the Capitol
Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), a member of CAPAC and the Chair of CAPAC’s Immigration Task Force, introducing an immigration panel, "Immigration has never been an issue of immigration. It's always been an issue of who we are as a country."
On May 16th, the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) celebrated its 23rd anniversary. CAPAC is a bipartisan caucus formed in 1994 to represent the interests of AAPI constituents across the nation.Asian Pacific American Heritage Month continues! Throughout May, NAPAWF will be celebrating APAHM and featuring a fierce AAPI activist who made (or is making) history! This week’s activist is Yuri Kochiyama, born on this day in 1921!
Learn more about Asian Pacific American Heritage Month!
The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus’s celebrates APAHM!
Check out other fierce AAPI activists NAPAWF has lifted up!
National and local groups celebrate Mother’s Day with #MyAsianAmericanFamily
Sunday, May 14th was Mother’s Day! NAPAWF and our allies celebrated the day by talking about #MyAsianAmericanFamily, and about the work we do to help moms thrive! We also sent customized e-cards to those who supported NAPAWF in honor of the API/AAPI mamas and mama figures in their lives!
Asian American And Pacific Islander Mothers Deserve To Raise Families On Our Own Terms by Sung Yeon Choimorrow, Executive Director
Why Asian American Pacific Islander families don't need sex-selective abortion bans by Mohini Lal, Reproductive Justice Fellow
House Judiciary Committee reviews bill targeting immigrant and refugee communities
Photo Credit: DHS
On Thursday, May 18th, the House Judiciary Committee took up HR 2431, “The Michael Davis, Jr. and Danny Oliver in Honor of State and Local Law Enforcement Act.” HR 2431 would expand the Department of Homeland Security’s authority to detain and remove immigrants and refugees without full immigration proceedings in violation of current immigration laws. The bill would also stop refugees who have been victims of armed groups from becoming naturalized citizens because of their country of origin. The bill has been criticized by both progressive and libertarian organizations as infringing on the rights of states and immigrants alike.
Read Human Rights First’s coalition letter to the House Judiciary Committee opposing HR 2431.
Read the Cato Institute’s statement opposing HR 2431 on the Committee Record.
Learn more about HR 2431’s provisions!
National Asian American Survey finds that a majority of AAPI voters supported Clinton in the election
Photo Credit: NPR
On May 16th, the National Asian American Survey (NAAS), one of the most comprehensive looks at the growing AAPI population in America, reported post-election results from the 2016 presidential campaign. The report indicated that AAPI voters were (1) still less likely to be contacted by political parties; (2) in all subgroups, a majority of voters had voted for Clinton; (3) AAPI voters in the aggregate now report paying for college as one of their top concerns.
Keep an AP(eye) out for...
- May 22-23: The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s Lobby Day and Congressional Reception. Learn more and register here!
May 23: “Building Our Legacy: The Murder of Vincent Chin,” a reenactment of the state and federal criminal trials arising from the brutal death of Vincent Chin in the suburbs of Detroit in 1982 by the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Greater DC on May 23. Register here!
May 24, 2-3 PM: Nielsen Briefing Panel on how AAPI women digitally build community, drive engagement, and propel action! Register with APIACS here!
May 24, 5-9 PM: Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project Happy Hour at Vinoteca. Suggested donation: $10
NAPAWF is hiring a Director of Systems & Sustainability and a Finance & Operations Associate! Find the opportunities here.