AP(Eye) on the Hill is our bi-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!

Policy Recap

  • Trump announces Brett Kavanaugh as his Supreme Court Justice nominee
  • Federal judge rules migrant families cannot be held in long-term detention
  • Progressives in Congress introduce bill to abolish ICE
  • Trump administration continues stealthy attacks on the Affordable Care Act

Trump announces Brett Kavanaugh as his Supreme Court Justice nominee

Photo credit: Planned Parenthood Action Fund

Last Monday night, the President announced his nominee for the next Supreme Court Justice, Brett Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh, who is a currently a judge on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, has extensive experience in federal courts and is a vetted conservative who is significantly more right-wing than Justice Kennedy. Notably, Kavanaugh dissented in the court opinion that allowed Jane Doe, an undocumented immigrant minor, to obtain an abortion. He has also voted against labor rights, voting rights, and contraceptive access.

  • Read NAPAWF’s statement on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination
  • Read more about Kavanaugh’s background here and here
  • Call your Senators and tell them to oppose Kavanaugh’s nomination!

Federal judge rules migrant families cannot be held in long-term detention

NAPAWF members and friends rally at the family separation protest in Washington, DC on June 30, 2018.

Last Monday, following the President’s executive order to keep families together and ultimately detain them as whole, a federal judge in Los Angeles ruled that the Trump administration cannot put migrant families in long-term detention. However, this could ultimately force migrant parents to choose between staying in detention indefinitely or being separated from their children. On Tuesday, the administration announced that it will be releasing hundreds of migrants with ankle monitors until their court hearing, essentially returning to the previous “catch and release” policy that Trump once opposed.

  • Read an update on how many migrant families have been reunited so far
  • See a visual explainer of the family separation crisis at the border

Progressives in Congress introduce bill to abolish ICE

Photo credit: The Atlantic

Amidst the attention of the family separation crisis of the last few weeks, demands to abolish ICE (Immigrations and Customs Enforcement: the US law enforcement body responsible for detaining and deporting immigrants within the border) have grown from the public. Last week, Representatives Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Mark Pocan (D-WI), and Andrew Espaillat (D-NY) introduced a bill that would bring an end to ICE within a year and instead utilize alternative, more humane practices in immigration enforcement. Though the bill is not expected to move, Republican leadership is planning to bring it to the floor for a vote in the hopes of dividing Democrats on what conservatives believe to be an “extreme” stance.

  • Read a letter that National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda, and NAPAWF led together with 90+ organizations calling on Congress to abolish ICE
  • Learn more about the history of ICE and how the movement to abolish ICE started
  • Read more about how ICE has been tearing families apart and inflicting trauma since its inception

Trump administration continues stealthy attacks on the Affordable Care Act

Photo credit: Feministing

In light of challenges they faced last year in repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Trump administration has steadily continued making moves to dismantle the ACA and its components. On Saturday, the administration announced that it will be freezing “risk adjustment” payments, or transfers of funds that reduce costs for insurers who enroll less healthy -- and thus, more costly to insure -- members. This move offsets the balance of the ACA’s ability to provide for people with pre-existing conditions and will increase premiums for millions of Americans. Additionally, the administration plans to cut grants to grassroots organizations that help Americans get insured under the ACA. Following an earlier reduction in this funding last year, this move will decrease enrollment and could further destabilize the healthcare marketplace.

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Join us at the National Association of Women Lawyers’ 2018 Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon!

NAPAWF is pleased to be a Partnering Organization of the National Association of Women Lawyers’ 2018 Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon on Thursday, July 19 at the Grand Hyatt New York in New York City. We have arranged a special 10% discount for our members. To register, please go here and use the code “AMNAPAWF2018” to get the discount.

The Luncheon will draw over 900 attendees, including outside and in-house counsel, and attorneys from government, military, non-profits, and academia. The 2018 awards to be presented include:

  • NAWL President’s Award for the advancement and retention of women attorneys by an organization – to 3M Company;
  • Arabella Babb Mansfield Award in recognition of professional achievement, positive influence, and valuable contribution to women in the law and society – to Roberta Kaplan;
  • Lead by Example Award for a leading male attorney in a law firm, company, government unit or public interest entity who supports the advancement of women within his organization – to Ben Wilson, Chairman of Beveridge & Diamond, P.C; and
  • M. Ashley Dickerson Award in recognition of lawyers who promote diversity – Sandra Phillips Rogers, Group Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Legal Officer, and Corporate Secretary of Toyota Motor North America, Inc.

In addition to the Awards Luncheon celebrating leaders in our organization and profession, there will be comprehensive and rich programming relevant to women in all fields of legal practice.

Registration is open to NAWL members and non-members. Scholarships are available for attorneys who wish to attend but may not be able to do so due to cost considerations.

For additional information about NAWL and the 2018 Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon, visit www.nawl.org.

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