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Stop the Deportation of the Lee and Rahayuningsih Families!

The Lee and Rahayuningsih families are facing deportation despite being low priority cases. Both families have children who qualify for Deferred Action and have loved ones with severe health issues.  Urge ICE to grant prosecutorial discretion and prevent separating more families!

This June, the Obama Administration granted undocumented youth with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which offers relief from deportation for up to two years.  The Lee and Rahayuningsih Family have children who are eligible for deferred action and are considered low priority cases.  These families should not be separated from young people who have just been granted relief.

Alex Lee and his family arrived in the US over fifteen years ago to flee persecution in Brazil. Alex was diagnosed with brain cancer last year causing blindness and limited mobility. Although he is eligible for deferred action to stay, he is unable to live independently.

“My son is unable to live on his own. We have no other family here or in Brazil. What use is his right to stay, if his caretakers are deported? ” says his mother Boi See Lee Choi.

Putri Dyannie’s family faces the same circumstances after arriving with her parents from Indonesia at age eleven.  Putri remembers little about Indonesia and her parents are her only family. She was granted deferred action and will transfer to a four-year university next year.  Her father is also being treated for cancer.

“My parents are my foundation. They are not less deserving than me. They work tirelessly to put me through college and without them. It pains me to think that they won’t be here to see me cross the stage on graduation day or witness me grow.”

The Lees and Rahayuningsihs have established their lives in the United States for over a decade. The family members could be separated indefinitely if ICE does not take action.

These deportations can be stopped. Sign the petition to tell ICE that these families matter and that they can do the right thing by granting prosecutorial discretion for families of youth with deferred action.

Call John Morton, Director of ICE -  202.732.3000 and

ICE’s Office of the Public Advocate 1.888.351.4024

Sample Script

“I am calling you to grant prosecutorial discretion for the Lee Family (lead A# 099-340-565) and Rahayuningsih Family (lead A#099-779-854).

Both the Lee and Rahayuningsih Families have been in the United States for over a decade. Their children were raised here and qualify for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.  Both families have a loved one with a severe health issue and cannot be separated.  These are low priority cases and should be dismissed.  Don’t separate families and grant prosecutorial discretion.”

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YEAH YELLOW PERIL!!

Just kidding. I’m a little sick of these anti-China “Where’s my job, dude?” ads and rhetoric that always find themselves in major elections.

Translators needed!

nomoretexasgovernorsforpresident:

Feb 4

tumblrdems:

President Obama has deep ties to the AAPI community, and he knows our country is strongest when everyone has a seat at the table and a shot at the American dream.

We’re proud to stand with him and for the issues we care about—because when it comes to our future, we’re all in it together.

Join the campaign

(Source: demnewswire)

White House Weekly Web Chats

In the spirit of the President’s commitment to engaging the American public, the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders is proud to announce that we will be hosting a weekly web chat/conference call with the community every Wednesday from 3-4pm EST. This is your opportunity to interact with officials from across the Administration, ask questions, and share your concerns and ideas on how our government can effectively work with you. In addition, you will receive information on how to better access federal programs and services.


To kick off the series, please join a conference call/web chat on Obama Administration Efforts to Alleviate Student Debt on Wednesday, February 1 at 3 PM EST.Hear from officials from the White House, Department of Education, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to learn about federal income-based repayment programs, college cost comparisons, federal student financial aid, and other programs.  

WHAT:          Conference call/ Web chat on Initiatives to Alleviate Student Debt

WHO:             Chris Lu, Assistant to the President, White House Cabinet Secretary, and Co-chair of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

Zakiya Smith, White House Domestic Policy Council

Phil Martin, Department of Education          

Rohit Chopra, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

WHEN:          Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 3PM EST

HOW:             Email WhiteHouseAAPI@ed.gov with “RSVP for 2/1 Call” in the heading by Jan. 31 at 12PM EST. Call-in details will be emailed to registrants.

This call is hosted in partnership with the White House Initiatives on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Educational Excellence for Hispanics, and Tribal Colleges and Universities.

Additional topics include but are not limited to the following:

February 1, 2012         Financial Literacy: Alleviating Student Debt

February 8, 2012         Immigrant Rights: How Federal Policies Impact the AAPI Immigrant and Refugee Community                            

February 15, 2012       Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Listening Session: Tell Us Your Priorities

February 22, 2012        Small Business Administration Educational Series: Government Contracting

February 29, 2012       Youth Engagement: Internships

March 7, 2012             Financial Literacy: Making Home Affordable

March 14, 2012           Language Access: Updates, Tools, and Resources for the Community

March 21, 2012           Women’s Issues: Labor & Health

March 28, 2012           Small Business Administration Educational Series: Access to Capital

April 4, 2012               Civil Rights: Harassment and Discrimination

April 11, 2012             Civil Rights: Voting Rights for the AAPI community and LEP individuals

April 18, 2012             Financial Literacy: Social Security benefits

April 25, 2012             Health: Affordable Care Act

May 16, 2012              Education: Higher Education

May 23, 2012              Health: AAPIs and Diabetes


Information on how to join each week’s web chat will be provided in the Initiative’s Weekly Highlights. To join our distribution list and receive the Weekly Highlights, please email whitehouseaapi@ed.gov.

Are there additional topics you would like to see? Post on the White House AAPI Facebook page or tweet us at @WhiteHouseAAPI with topic suggestions or issues you would like to discuss!

I’m back from the White House Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Initiative Briefing!

I’m exhausted, but it was a very fruitful day. 

Good things are to come, and I hope to continue the discussion we began today. Don’t let the fire die out! We are the future!

For a recap on what happened today, you can check out my Twitter!

Obama appoints more Asian Americans to Key Positions

Obama to See Asian American Caucus For the First Time

aslantedview:

I think it’s disturbing that Obama is only meeting with the Asian Pacific Islander caucus now, several months after he began working on his re-election campaign rather than in the first few years when there could have been a stronger difference made on behalf of minorities. Frankly, the GOP has not done a very good job at reaching out to Asian Americans either. Despite the fact that APIA’s are the fastest growing minority in the United States, our voice is still relatively ignored in the immigration reform. 

Obama to See Asian American Caucus For the First Time

aslantedview:

I think it’s disturbing that Obama is only meeting with the Asian Pacific Islander caucus now, several months after he began working on his re-election campaign rather than in the first few years when there could have been a stronger difference made on behalf of minorities. Frankly, the GOP has not done a very good job at reaching out to Asian Americans either. Despite the fact that APIA’s are the fastest growing minority in the United States, our voice is still relatively ignored in the immigration reform. 

Obama’s Daughter Practices Chinese with President of China

January 2011
WASHINGTON –US President Barack Obama’s nine-year-old daughter, Sasha, wanted to test her developing Chinese skills this week while Chinese President Hu Jintao was in town.

Just whom did she want to practice them with?

The Chinese president himself, according to a White House official who recounted the story on Thursday after a formal state dinner the previous night.

"The president pointed out last night at the state dinner that his daughter, Sasha, is a very young girl but her class is studying Chinese," Ben Rhodes, a White House deputy national security adviser, told a video conference with Chinese bloggers.

"She’s under 10 years old and they’re studying Chinese, and she wanted to have the chance to practice her Chinese with President Hu."

Sasha attended Hu’s welcoming ceremony on the White House lawn on Wednesday morning with friends and could be seen waving a Chinese flag excitedly as her father and Hu walked around the grounds.

The two presidents paused to visit when they reached the nine-year-old and her friends behind the rope line.

"Not every (child) has the opportunity to try out their first phrases of Chinese with the president of China, but she had that chance," Rhodes said.

He said the anecdote illustrated Americans’ desire to get to know China better with more people studying the country and doing business there.