LOS ANGELES — On May 28, 2014, President Obama ordered U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to delay his current review of the administration’s deportation policies until the end of the summer.
Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles (Advancing Justice – LA) issues the following statement:
“We are deeply disappointed in the regressive step that President Obama has taken. Instead of allowing Secretary Jeh Johnson to move forward with a long overdue review of current flawed deportation policies, the suffering of thousands of immigrant families will continue.
Two million people have been deported in the last six years – 250,000 being of Asian and Pacific Islander descent. While it is outrageous for the House leadership to refuse to call a vote on immigration reform, it is also unconscionable for the Obama Administration to continue to enforce draconian policies that tear apart 1,100 families each and every day.
We are experiencing a profound crisis that threatens the United States’ combined legacy and aspiration of being a nation of immigrants. We call on the President to act now to stop unnecessary and unjust deportations and to keep families together.”
Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles is the nation’s largest Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) legal and civil rights organization and serves more than 15,000 individuals and organizations every year. Founded in 1983 as the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, Advancing Justice – LA’s mission is to advocate for civil rights, provide legal services and education, and build coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and to create a more equitable and harmonious society. Through direct legal services, impact litigation, policy analysis and advocacy, leadership development and capacity building, Advancing Justice – LA seeks to serve the most vulnerable members of the AANHPI community while also building a strong AANHPI voice for civil rights and social justice.