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Apr 11 Obama’s Two Million Deportations and the “Criminal Alien” Boogeyman
Mari Quenemoen

On April 5th, on a national day of action against deportation, the New York Times editorial board took a stand against the record numbers of people deported under the Obama administration. The paper called on the President to extend deferred action protections to parents of Dreamers and citizen children, to end Secure Communities and other programs that enlist local law enforcement as immigration agents, and to end the immigration detention bed quota that results in over 30,000 immigrants locked up every day.

Mar 24 Deported to a Theater Near You: "Cambodian Son!"
Mari Quenemoen

Cambodian Son

On April 28th, SEARAC will host a screening in Washington, DC, of the new film "Cambodian Son" as part of a national tour in collaboration with Studio Revolt of Phnom Penh and the Southeast Asian Freedom Network (SEAFN).

Aug 28 Deportation and Dr. King’s American Dream
Mari Quenemoen

Wednesday, August 28th marks the 50th anniversary of the “Great March on Washington,” led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and a coalition of civil rights, labor and religious organizations to pass civil rights legislation, desegregate schools and address entrenched poverty among African Americans.

Jul 1 A Day of Immigration Reform Efforts on Capitol Hill
Corrine Schmidt

On only my second day of work here at SEARAC, I was sent to spend the day on Capitol Hill to attend two events central to current immigration reform efforts.  The first was the House Judiciary Committee’s mark-up of a newly proposed immigration bill, the SAFE Act, and the second was to attend a briefing entitled “Women Standing Together for Immigration Reform.”

Jun 12 Stand With Families: AAPI Day of Action for Immigration Reform
Mai Yer Xiong

Day three on the job and I jumped right into my internship with SEARAC by attending the Stand with Families Immigration rally. I arrived early with fellow staff member Bao and we were ready to help the National Korean American Service and Education Consortium (NAKASEC,) the host organization, with whatever needed to be done to ensure a successful day.

Jan 9 Meet SEARAC's Intern: Bao Lor, University of California, Irvine
Bao Lor

Hello! Hello! Hello! My name is Bao Lor and I am a graduating senior at the University of California, Irvine with a major in International Studies and a minor in Asian American Studies.

Dec 4 SEARAC 2012 Civic Engagement Efforts
Tong Thao

...true civic engagement does not start and end with election season, nor should civic engagement be reduced to the act of voting. The importance of staying active in the community, continually advocating for and on behalf of your community, your interest, your values, and your future are the core of being civically engaged...

Sep 25 Have You Registered to Vote Yet?
Kao

Today is National Voter Registration Day! The results of this year’s election will impact the policies affecting our diverse communities. Your vote and your voice is needed to elect lawmakers who will craft comprehensive policies that uplifts our communities, especially on issues like immigration, education, health care reforms, and Social Security.

Be part of this national civic engagement movement as we make sure the voices of Southeast Asian Americans are heard. Register to vote online here on our website! 

Apr 25 A Call to Action from Southeast Asian American Community Groups Regarding Unjust Deportation and Detention Laws
SEARAC

We call on communities who are faced with school-to-prison pipeline, juvenile and criminal justice, racial profiling and re-entry issues to stand with us in this fight, because these are our experiences too. We call on communities fighting for immigrant rights to stop using “criminal” vs. “non-criminal” language in the immigration debate, as it plays into a system of language that oppresses and simplifies our stories, and divides immigrant communities.

Sep 27 Celebrating One Love's One Year Anniversary, and Looking Toward the Future of Our Movement
Helly Lee and Eileen Morrison

As One Love Movement celebrates its one year anniversary, we reflect on the work that One Love Movement, SEARAC, and others have done and continue to do, fighting for community members facing deportation. There is a huge misconception among many in our communities that because we arrived as refugees and are Lawful Permanent Residents, deportation policies don’t affect us; in fact, many refugee families have been, and continue to be, torn apart by them.