Ap eye on the hill

AP(Eye) on the Hill is our biweekly highlight of significant federal updates, particularly those that affect AAPI communities regarding reproductive health and rights, immigrant rights, and economic justice. Learn about NAPAWF's federal policy work while you're out on the ground!

Policy Recap

  • Federal judge blocks Title X “gag rule” from taking effect
  • Supreme Court leans toward allowing citizenship question in 2020 census
  • Federal judge sets deadline for employers to report pay data to EEOC

Federal judge blocks Title X “gag rule” from taking effect

The fight to block the Title X gag rule doesn't end here. Hashtag protect X

 Image Source: Planned Parenthood Action Fund

On Thursday, a federal judge in Washington state temporarily blocked the administration’s rule that would have prohibited Title X providers from even talking to patients about abortion. The rule was set to take effect on May 3, and another judge in Oregon had stated earlier this week that he planned on blocking the rule. Though the scope of that preliminary injunction was unclear, Thursday’s injunction from the Washington state judge blocked the rule from going into effect nationwide. Title X is the nation’s only federal grant program that provides comprehensive family planning services for low-income families. Over half of patients served by Title X are women of color, and 13% are Limited English Proficient.

  • Read NAPAWF’s statement condemning the rule
  • Read more about the history of the domestic gag rule, its details, and the effect it would have had across the country

Supreme Court leans toward allowing citizenship question in 2020 census

1 in 5 Asian Americans and 1 in 3 Pacific Islanders and Native Hawaiians live in hard to count census areas

Image source: Asian Americans Advancing Justice|AAJC

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on whether or not the Trump administration could add a question on the 2020 census about one’s citizenship. The five conservative judges argued that the administration is strongly within its right to add the question, the four liberal judges pointed to the strong possibility that adding a question about citizenship would lead to an inaccurate count. The intent of a census is to count all residents living in the US, and a question asking respondents if they are a US citizen or not could discourage immigrants from filling out census forms. An inaccurate count that largely excludes immigrants would skew many other decisions, such as investment of tax dollars or redistricting Congressional seats.


  • Read the full transcript of oral arguments here
  • Read this fact sheet on why the citizenship question is harmful for our communities
  • See a map of where the citizenship question could do the most harm

Federal judge sets deadline for employers to report pay data to EEOC

If you disaggregate AAPI Data it shows that Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander women have some of the highest wage gaps

Image source: Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance


On Thursday, a federal judge announced that employers with over 100 employees have until September 30, 2019 to report pay data disaggregated by sex and race to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The judge also ordered the EEOC to collect two years’ worth of data instead of one. The ruling follows the Trump administration’s withdrawal of the requirement to collect pay data in 2017 and a ruling by the same judge to reinstate the data collection. Though the data collection will improve equal pay efforts, it still will not disaggregate AAPI data by ethnicity, rendering invisible the many AAPI subgroups who face some of the widest wage disparities.

  • Learn more about the AAPI wage gap

  • Learn about why collecting pay data matters

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