IMMIGRANTS’ RIGHTS

Scroll through NQAPIA’s work on immigrants’ rights—like DACA/DAPA updates, our DHS campaign, ongoings in the Spring Week of Action, Uncovering Our Stories videos, and more—in chronological order.

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OpEd: The Dream Act & the LGBTQ Community: So Much at Stake

OpEd By Glenn D. Magpantay, NQAPIA Executive Director Take Action: Send an email to Congress Congress must pass the Dream Act. So much is at stake for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) undocumented young people. In September, Donald Trump said he would cancel the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program unless Congress […]

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VICTORY: NQAPIA’s LGBTQ Amicus Brief in Federal Court Helps Block Trump’s Anti-Muslim Travel Ban

You may have heard that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit blocked Trump’s anti-Muslim travel ban on Dec. 22. What you may not yet have heard is that the Court made specific reference to NQAPIA’s amicus brief in its legal reasoning. This is a significant victory. Court opinions very rarely cite amicus […]

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Support LGBTQ API Undocumented Immigrant Youth

Earlier this month, we had another attack on immigrants: Trump called for an end to DACA. Since then, he has seemed to flip-flop on if he supports undocumented youth, but we need your unwavering support. We believe undocumented LGBTQ API people deserve to live, work, and study in the US without fear of deportation. What’s […]

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#RedefineSecurity: Sahar Shafqat, 44 (Washington DC)

“When I was on my way to India with Sapna, my wife, we received boarding passes with a quadruple S (SSSS) security code. I had received that code before, so we knew: it’s going to be one of those security experiences. A TSA agent opened up a security line just for us. Each of us needed to […]

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#RedefineSecurity: Kevin Lam, 26 (QAPA Boston & NQAPIA)

“In 2013, as Khmer New Year in Providence, RI was wrapping up, my co-worker was stopped by police. My co-worker and I were the main transportation for young people we worked with to get home after the event. When I saw that my co-worker had been stopped, I made a u-turn to check-in on her […]

Jyoti Chand

#RedefineSecurity: Jyoti Chand, 33 (Stop LAPD Spying Coalition)

“I am a coordinating team member of Stop LAPD Spying Coalition, an anti-state violence and anti-police spying coalition. In 2014, my apartment was broken into. My laptop, which I use for my community organizing work, and my paper notes, to document the use of human and electronic surveillance by the police, were stolen. I felt […]

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#RedefineSecurity: Fa’afetai Alofa

“I remember the moment the undercover cop pulled out his badge and told me I was going to be arrested. I experienced a mix of things; shock, self disgust, disbelief, shame, and an overwhelming numbness. As a Samoan trans woman, at the age of 23, just a few months after completing my bachelors degree, I […]

August Guang

#RedefineSecurity: August Guang, 26 (PRYSM & NQAPIA)

“I was 19 when the TSA started using full body scanners in 2010. I found myself suddenly under their microscope. Until then I had gone through with relative ease – though my suitcase was often searched because of my mom’s import business – because as an East Asian U.S. citizen I didn’t fit the profile of […]

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#RedefineSecurity: Alina Bee, 26 (Satrang LA)

“Abbu was always frustrated by my shalwared prancing. He said they made me look unprofessional and no one would take me seriously in the world. Much to his chagrin, I’ve just about made a uniform of them and the TSA takes me very seriously. One particular instance sticks out and it happened to be when […]