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

  • Following confirmation hearings, pressure on Senators to vote against Kavanaugh continues
  • Trump administration proposes rule to be able to detain immigrant children indefinitely 
  • House Republicans urge for the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act


Following confirmation hearings, pressure on Senators to vote against Kavanaugh continues

NAPAWF Executive Director Sung Yeon Choimorrow speaks at a Planned Parenthood rally to #StopKavanaugh on September 6.

Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee held confirmation hearings for Judge Kavanaugh, Trump’s nominee for the next Supreme Court Justice. Despite his terrible record against abortion rights, voting rights, immigrant rights, and healthcare access, Judge Kavanaugh attempted to position himself as a fair and even-handed moderate. However, also last week, leaked emails from 2003 showed that he questioned whether Roe v. Wade was settled law and suggested that it could be easily overturned. Throughout the week, protestors interrupted the hearings inside and outside the hearing room to #StopKavanaugh, while Senate Democrats continuously pointed to the unprecedented and hyper-partisan process through which Kavanaugh’s records are -- or rather are not -- being released.


Trump administration proposes rule to be able to detain immigrant children indefinitely

Photo credit: The Christian Science Monitor

Last week, the Trump administration issued a new rule that would that would undo the Flores Settlement, the agreement stating that immigrant children cannot be detained for over 20 days. The administration has pointed to this policy as its justification for separating immigrant children from their parents at the border, and reversing it would ultimately allow the administration to detain families together for indefinite periods of time, enable the expansion of inhumane detention facilities, and subject them to deportation. The administration has made repeated attempts to change the agreement but has been rejected by Judge Dolly Gee.

  • Read about Judge Dolly Gee, the AAPI woman who ruled against Trump’s attempts to violate the Flores Agreement
  • Listen to a discussion about the history of the Flores settlement
  • Read this explainer to get in the weeds about the Flores settlement
  • Read this letter led by Representatives Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) and Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) urging Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielson and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar


House Republicans push for the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act

Photo credit: National Task Force to End Sexual & Domestic Violence

On Monday, 46 House Republicans sent a letter to Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) urging them to bring the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) (H.R. 6545) to the floor for a vote before the current VAWA expires on September 30. In addition to the existing protections it provides for survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence, dating violence, and stalking, the VAWA Reauthorization Act of 2018 improves and expands upon programs focusing on prevention, housing assistance, criminal justice, and protections for Native populations. The 2013 reauthorization also included specific forms of protection for immigrant survivors of violence. Because the House is on recess from today until September 25, they only have a few working days remaining to vote on the reauthorization.

  • Call 202-225-3121 now to urge your representative cosponsor the VAWA Reauthorization Act of 2018! If your representative is a Republican, ask them to urge Republican leadership to bring the VAWA Reauthorization Act to the floor for a vote.
  • Learn more about gender-based violence in the AAPI community
  • Learn how the VAWA Reauthorization Act would seek to protect Native American survivors of violence


NAPAWF Legal News

Supreme Court Nomination

What’s at stake for AAPI women with the next Supreme Court nomination? Everything. Check out our two-pager now to learn why Judge Brett Kavanaugh is a threat to AAPI women and families.

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