Why this matters - Even though Asian American and Pacific Islanders make up 6 percent of the total U.S. population, we account for over 40 percent of the 4.2 million individuals caught in the current family immigration visa backlog. And we account for 84 percent of the employer-based visa backlog! AAPI DREAMers also account for 40 percent of those in the University of California system.
Today, more immigrants come from Asia or the Pacific Islands than any other region in the world. Those from Asian countries also account for 10 percent, or about 1.3 million, of all undocumented immigrants
The White House - The Benefits of Commonsense Immigration Reform
The White House - Winning the Future: President Obama's Agenda and the AAPI Community
Asian American Center for Advancing Justice "A Community of Contrasts, Asian Americans in the United States: 2011"
Asian American Center for Advancing Justice "A Community of Contrasts 2014 in the United States"
Asian Law Caucus Infographic - The Back of the Line / Asian Law Caucus Infographic - The 'New' Angel Island
AAPI Data Infographic - Growth of the Undocumented, 2000 to 2011
Southeast Asia Resource Action Center - Resources: Deportation and Southeast Asian Americans
Pew Research Hispanic Trends Project - On Immigration Policy, Deportation Relief Seen As More Important Than Citizenship
Southeast Asia Resource Center (SEARAC) - Resources: Deportation and Southeast Asian Americans
Asian American Justice Center - “The Impact of SB 1070 on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders”
Asian American Justice Center - “Asian American Perspective on Comprehensive Immigration Reform - Testimony before the Subcommittee on Immigration Committee on the Judiciary United States House of Representatives - Hearing on Perspectives of Immigrant Advocacy Organizations on Comprehensive Immigration Reform”
MSNBC.com - "Asian Americans Want Immigration Reform Too"
Religion News Service - “COMMENTARY: The hidden immigration impact on American churches”
Migration Policy Institute - "Asian Immigrants in the United States"
Why this matters - Asian Americans are facing serious moral choices in regard to how we should respond to recent rulings by the Supreme Court on affirmative action. There are seismic shifts taking place in the landscape of higher education induced by these rulings. Both sides of the debates over affirmative action are seeking to enlist Asian Americans to shore up their arguments for and against affirmative action policies. As it has become clear that race based policies are on the decline, here are some sources to read to help us develop critical responses to changing affirmative action practices that reflect our commitment to social justice and diversity:
CARE (National Commission on AAPI Research in Education) "The Attitudes of Asian Americans Toward Affirmative Action"
CARE "Asian Americans And The Benefits Of Campus Diversity: What The Research Says"
18millionrising.org "Why I Support Affirmative Action: One Asian American Perspective"
Colorlines.com "Wanted: Disgruntled Asian-Americans to Attack Affirmative Action"
Los Angeles Times Op-Ed - "An Asian American turn to the right?"
Los Angeles Times Op-Ed - "Affirmative action at California colleges: A debate based on fear"
The Daily Beast - "Asians vs. Affirmative Action"
New York Times - "Asian-Americans in the Argument"
Why this matters - Human trafficking, the buying/selling of people, is rising as a dangerous threat. Profits for trafficking are the second largest illegal enterprise in the world, after drugs. People are bought and sold for use as laborers, domestic workers, sex workers, and held against their will in many US cities, and around the world.
The AAPI community cares about trafficking because it is disproportionately affecting our communities. Sex trafficking and forced labor are thriving in Asian and South Asian countries. The orientalization of API women helps grow the demand for Asian women in brothels. In the US, victims of trafficking are coming from many Asian countries and the need for services in Asian languages is high. And for our community, there is a unique tie between domestic violence and trafficking that needs to be addressed.
International Justice Mission
Not For Sale Campaign
Why this matters - Contrary to the model minority myth, many Korean and Asian Americans in Southern California are suffering in silence with mental health and substance abuse issues.· Asian Americans are the fastest growing victims of hate crimes. (Facts compiled by KCCD.)
· Suicide rates among Asian American youth and young adults are among the highest across all ethnic groups across the United States.
· 30% of Asian American girls from 5th to 12th grade report having symptoms of depression.
· 17% of boys (5th to 12th grades report they experience physical abuse.
· 60% of Korean married women report being battered by their spouses.
· Most Asians are reluctant to report domestic violence.
· Asian gangs are the fastest growing street gangs in L.A. County with 20,000 members.
· Asian Americans have the highest percentage of juvenile arrests in L.A. County.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
The Office of Minority Health - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association (NAMI)
NAMI Asian American Community Mental Health Fact Sheet
American Psychological Association - 2006 First National Study on Asian American Mental Health
California Reducing Disparities Project - API Population Report: In Our Own Words
National Asian Women's Health Organization (NAWHO) Mental Health and Depression in Asian Americans Fact Sheet
The Korean Health and Education/Information Center
USA Today - "Saving Sanity and Souls in Koreatown"
NJ.Com - Local Film Maker Headed to White House for Asian American Mental Health Event
The Diamond Back (University of Maryland's Independent Student Newspaper) - "Panel Discusses Mental Health Care Race Gap"
The Boston Globe - "Helping Asian Teens Find Balance in Studies"
KCCD - Mental Health and Well-being Collaboration for Korean and Asian Americans in Partnership with SAMHSA