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!
- The Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act singles out Asian American women & we need to talk about it
- United Airlines faces outcry over violent forced removal of passenger, David Dao, on his flight
- The Office of Budget & Management collects second round of comments about data collection and disaggregation
- Immigrant groups resist as Jeff Sessions continues threats to increase detention and deportation of immigrants
The Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act singles out Asian American women & we need to talk about it
- Read this Bustle piece about PRENDA, a racist, sexist, and anti-immigrant bill introduced by Arizona Congressman Trent Franks to ban so-called “sex-selective” abortions.
- To learn more about NAPAWF’s work on sex-selective abortion bans in state legislatures across the country, click here.
United Airlines faces outcry over violent forced removal of passenger, David Dao, on his flight
On Sunday, April 9th, Chicago Department of Aviation security officers pulled passenger David Dao from his seat and dragged him bodily from the plane. Dao, who has identified himself as an 69-year-old Asian doctor, suffered injuries to his face and was both bruised and bleeding. His daughter later revealed in a press conference that Dr. Dao lost two teeth, broke his nose, and suffered a concussion as a result of the incident. The violent encounter was filmed by another passenger on the United Airlines flight, and has led to calls for investigations into both United Airlines and the Chicago Department of Aviation’s policies on overbooking; staff on commercial flights; and use of force.
Read statements from AAPI organizations here:
- OCA Demands Answers Regarding Removal of United Passenger
- APALA Responds to Upsetting Removal of Airline Passenger
- SEARAC Condemns United Airlines Treatment of Vietnamese American Doctor, Blasts “Clickbait” Media
- CAPAC Chair Calls for Answers Regarding Removal of Asian American Passenger from United Airlines Flight
The Office of Budget & Management collects second round of comments about data collection and disaggregation
The Office of Budget and Management (OMB) is asking for public comments on potential revisions to its 1997 standards for collecting and reporting race and ethnicity data. These standards apply to all federal agencies, including those in healthcare, education, housing, transportation, and civil rights. This is the first time in 20 years that the OMB has considered changing these standards for AANHPI communities.
- Right now, federal agencies aren’t required to collect detailed data about Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities. That means our communities are misrepresented, left out of major policy and program decisions, and are often underfunded.
- Data should reflect the unique histories, cultures, and challenges that impact our communities in very different ways. For the first time in 20 years, we have the opportunity to speak up for detailed AANHPI data.
- Tell OMB “I want to be counted and I support the questions used by the U.S. Census Bureau!” before April 28!
Immigrant groups resist as Jeff Sessions continues threats to increase detention and deportation of immigrants
On Wednesday, April 12th, Attorney General Jeff Sessions visited the southern border and announced to a room of reporters and Custom and Border Patrol agents his guidelines for increased prosecution, criminalization, detention, and deportation of immigrants. Sessions also outlined his intentions to prosecute those assisting undocumented immigrants—creating uncertainty for individuals and groups who not only assist in crossing the border and providing shelter, but also those who provide supportive services and employment.
The Department of Justice also released a memo this week, calling for increased criminalization and charges for undocumented immigrants that re-enter the U.S. The memo outlines plans to hire nearly 50% more immigration judges and placement of a border security coordinator at every border district. Read statement by Asian Americans Advancing Justice here.
- National Immigrant Justice Center, “Attorney General Sessions Doubles Down on Failed Policies that Demonize Immigrants”
- National Immigration Law Center Immigrant Justice Fund, “Sessions Announcement Criminalizes Communities”
- Asian Americans Advancing Justice, “Asian Americans Advancing Justice Condemns AG Sessions’ Plans to Prosecute Undocumented Immigrants and Target Humanitarian Workers”
Keep an AP(Eye) out for…
- April is Sexual Violence Awareness Month: Stay updated on events and collaborations throughout the month.
- Congress will break for recess from April 10-21. Both the House and Senate will be back in full session on April 24.
- President Trump will mark 100 days in office on April 29.
- May is Asian Pacific Heritage Month! In two weeks, watch out for AAPI programming and events across the country.