Together, as NQAPIA, we’ve made great accomplishments working for immigrant rights. We advocated for CIR while pushing for administrative reform. After years of pressure from the immigrant rights movement, in November 2014, the President announced his Executive Order for administrative relief, which included deferred action programs for childhood arrivals and parents of legal residents and changes in the visa programs. NQAPIA submitted comments for the Visa Modernization Task Force to expand visa programs and started educating our community on who qualifies for relief.
Even with this victory, we knew we had work to do. Many LGBTQ communities and those with criminal convictions were left out. We started to push President Obama to create a more inclusive action. In February, things took a turn for the worse. Immigration opposition groups filed for an injunction that put the expanded deferred action from deportation program on hold. NOW, the administration is using its Priority Enforcement Program to launch massive attacks on immigrant communities—profiling, detaining, and deporting thousands of individuals while Congress pushes for the more deportations
NQAPIA continues to work for expanded visas, protection of asylum seekers, and inclusion of LGBTQ communities in administrative relief. For RISE UP! NQAPIA Week of Action on Immigration we concentrate our efforts!
- Educate the community on administrative relief. Defend the expanded programs and help those who qualify for current relief apply. Prepare those who qualify for expanded programs so they can apply after the delay.
- Fight to end racial profiling, detention of vulnerable communities and the deportation of all our communities.
RISE UP! April 12th-18th, 2015 Join NQAPIA to end profiling, detention, and deportation
The 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program is available. Help people apply for DACA now, and educate people on how to prepare for the upcoming expanded DACA and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) programs. Our Asian, South Asian, and Southeast Asian communities have the lowest enrollment rates in comparison to those who qualify for the current DACA program. Most of our community members just don’t know. Help us raise awareness by hosting an event!
It’s easy: get your board, gather a few volunteers, ask from friends to join and call your members, friends, and family. We’ll help you create a list of people to call and provide a sample phone script. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Work with a local legal clinic to hold short consultation sessions. Help your community understand if they benefit from the new programs or visa changes. Contact email@example.com if you need help contacting a legal clinic.
Find speakers, read stories or watch videos of queer AAPI individuals who fought for DACA.
Provide space for communities to dialogue about issues of race, gender, queerness, and immigration. Focus on racial and religious profiling, detention, and deportation–and take action to pressure the federal government to change their ways. Hosting a conversation can be the perfect way to grow community support for the issues, while providing an interactive and welcoming educational opportunity.
Tips for Hosting a Conversation (includes a sample agenda)
NQAPIA Sign-In Sheet
NQAPIA Racial Profiling Fact Sheet
Racial Profiling Fact Sheet (pdf)
NQAPIA Immigration Detention Fact Sheet
Immigration Detention Fact Sheet (pdf)
NQAPIA & SEAFN No Deportation Fact Sheet
No Deportation Fact Sheet (pdf)
LGBT AAPI Immigration Infographic (png)
Deportation & AAPI Communities Infographic (png)
LGBT AAPI Immigrants & Detention Infographic (png)
Sign up here to help with advocacy and/or to take direct action for immigration & to stop profiling, detention, and deportation. In coming months, we will be advocating for reforms and joining hands with our broader immigrant communities to take direct action. JOIN US!
NQAPIA Rise Up! Social Media Specifics
Documented a film by undocumented Americans
In 2011, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in an essay published in the New York Times Magazine. Documented chronicles his journey to America from the Philippines as a child, his journey through America as an immigration reform activist, and his journey inward as he reconnects with his mother, whom he hasn’t seen in-person in over 20 years. NQAPIA has a Public Performance License. The film includes a discussion curriculum. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, and give us at least one week to send you a DVD.
This curriculum was created by the Queer South Asian National Network and is an excellent facilitation guide to talk about race, anti-blackness in our communities, and immigration. It can be adapted for other API and immigrant communities.