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

  • Senate confirms Judge Kavanaugh as Supreme Court Justice
  • Trump nominates thirteen more judges to federal courts
  • The Trump administration could deport thousands of Chinese asylees


Senate confirms Judge Kavanaugh as Supreme Court Justice

NAPAWF members lead demonstrations in Chicago during the final week before Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote

On Saturday, October 6, with a 50-48 vote, the Senate confirmed Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court after a hard fought battle over Kavanaugh’s extreme record and his history of sexual assault and misconduct. Despite brave testimony from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick coming forward with allegations against Kavanaugh, and survivors across the country speaking out with their stories, Senators eventually voted along party lines, except for Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), who voted present after explaining her intent to vote against his confirmation, and Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) voting in favor.


Trump nominates thirteen more judges to federal courts

Image source: The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

In addition to the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh, on Wednesday the Trump administration nominated an additional thirteen judges to federal courts across the US in his eighteenth wave of nominations since his presidency. These nominations include judges in circuit courts, district courts, and marshal courts, who would all serve lifetime appointments. Throughout his presidency, Trump has been fast tracking judicial nominees in the lower courts, influencing important decisions in reproductive rights, labor rights, and immigration that could eventually make their way to the Supreme Court.


The Trump administration could deport thousands of Chinese asylees

Image source: The Nation

The Trump administration is considering taking away asylum status from Chinese immigrants who previously won their cases. A 2012 investigation found that up to 30 lawyers had fraudulently helped thousands of Chinese immigrants win asylum. Up to 13,500 Chinese asylees who obtained asylum through these lawyers in New York City could possibly be deported if the Trump administration directs immigration enforcement to do so.

  • Read more about Chinese asylees in the US
  • What's the difference between asylum seeker and refugee? Learn more here.


NAPAWF Legal News

This week, our NAPAWF legal team, along with the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health and In Our Own Voice: National Black Women's Reproductive Justice Agenda, sent a letter to senators opposing the nominations of Eric Murphy and Chad Readler to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. The letter outlined both nominees' dangerous records in reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, and voting rights, demonstrating that they are a threat to reproductive justice.

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