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

  • Department of Health and Human Services finalizes discriminatory rule
  • Department of Justice considering rule to deport immigrants based on use of public benefits
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development proposes rule that would leave children homeless

Department of Health and Human Services finalizes discriminatory rule

A gender non conforming person tries to get a flu shot, but the door to the community health clinic is shut.

 Image Source: National Women's Law Center

Last week, the Office for Civil Rights in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a finalized rule that was proposed last year. The rule allows healthcare institutions and providers to refuse providing care to individuals based on personal beliefs. This rule would especially harm those seeking abortions, transgender and LGBTQ folks, and women of color. This week, the House Appropriations Committee passed an amendment proposed by Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) blocking implementation of this discriminatory rule.

  • Learn more about rules refusals of care in the states

Department of Justice considering rule to deport immigrants based on use of public benefits

Protect Families, Say No to Public Charge

Image source: NAPAWF*NYC

Last year, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposed a “public charge” rule that would make it harder for immigrants to enter or stay in the US based on their use of public benefits and other factors. Last week, a draft regulation from the Trump administration revealed that it is now considering a similar public charge rule through the Department of Justice that would make it easier to deport immigrants who are have used public benefits such as Medicaid, food stamps, and housing assistance. The DHS public charge rule that was released last year is expected to be finalized in the coming months.

  • Read our fact sheet on the impact the public charge rule would have on women of color

  • Learn about the specific impact of a public charge rule on the AAPI community

Department of Housing and Urban Development proposes rule that would leave children homeless

Keep Families Together, Now and Always

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Today, the Trump administration’s Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued a proposed rule that could evict up to 55,000 children of undocumented immigrants.  Under current law, families of mixed immigration statuses qualify for housing assistance from the federal government if at least one person in the household is a citizen, whether it be a citizen spouse or a child born in the US. Under the proposed rule, all family members must be citizens or have green card status in order to qualify for housing assistance. As a result, families with undocumented folks and their children could be evicted and forced into homelessness.

  • Read about the experiences of some AAPI people who are homeless

ap eye on the courts

Combating Sexual Harassment of AAPI Women in the Workplace

This week, Jane Liu, our Legal Director, testified before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights at its public briefing on the issue of sexual harassment in federal workspaces.  Her testimony focused on the how the issue of sexual harassment impacts AAPI women federal workers, the barriers AAPI women may face in reporting sexual harassment, the harm to workers caused by harassment and potential solutions that the government can implement to address harassment faced by AAPI women and other women of color in the workplace. Her written statement that examines the issue in more depth can be found here.

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