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

  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement enforces national deportation raids

  • Trump administration continues to deport Cambodian refugees  

  • Department of Health and Human Services delays refusal of care rule to November

 Immigration and Customs Enforcement enforces national deportation raids

A crowd walks down a city street. In the front is a banner that reads End Deportations, End Criminalization, End our Pain!

Image Source: Sanctuary DMV

Despite the national postponement of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deportation raids, ICE officers raided an Indian restaurant in Washington, DC last week, resulting in the detention of numerous South Asian restaurant employees. The AAPI immigrant community is the fastest-growing immigrant population in the United States, as well as the fastest-growing undocumented population. The presence of ICE incites fear and harm in immigrant AAPI communities. Reports this week indicate that  ICE raids will continue in 10 major cities starting this Sunday.

  • Check out NAPAWF’s Know Your Rights handout that is available in different languages and covers what to do if your family member is detained
  • Sign up for language interpretation, legal counsel, and distribution of Know Your Rights resources to South Asian communities in DC
  • See where else ICE raids have happened in the U.S. this year

Trump administration continues to deport Cambodian refugees  

A young person holds a sign that says STOP Deporting Khmer Refugees

Image source: Huffpost

On July 1, the Trump Administration deported 37 Cambodian Americans, most of whom are refugees who have spent the majority of their lives in the United States. In addition to being sent to a country with which they have little familiarity or in many cases have never stepped foot in, deportees are separated from their families and their family members face emotional and financial burdens. 2018 marked the year with the highest Cambodian deportations in U.S. history.

  • Learn more about on Southeast Asian Americans and Deportation Policy
  • Read our report, co-authored with the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center, on the effects of detention and deportation on women and families


Department of Health and Human Services delays refusal of care rule to November​

You should never be denied healthcare because of your doctor's religious or moral beliefs.

Image source: National Women's Law Center

Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) agreed to delay the effective date of the Trump-Pence Administration’s refusal of care rule to November 22, 2019. The rule was originally set to take effect on July 22, 2019, but groups including Planned Parenthood Federation of America and American Civil Liberties Union sued the Trump Administration and filed a motion to block the rule. This rule is a direct threat to healthcare access for LGBTQ+ people, people who have sought or may in the future seek reproductive health services, people whose first language is not English, immigrants, people of color, and people with disabilities.

  • Read NAPAWF’s press statement on how the refusal of care rule denies basic care to AAPI communities
  • Learn more about how this rule threatens the health and lives of patients nationwide
ap eye on the courts

Citizenship question on 2020 Census won’t be included

On Thursday, June 27, the Supreme Court effectively blocked the citizenship question from appearing in the 2020 census. However, it left open an opportunity for the government to provide another nonpretextual reason for the addition of the question. While the administration initially said it would begin printing the census without the citizenship question based on the June 30 printing deadline, it seems they are now arguing they have more time to print and therefore may move forward in their attempts to include the question. On Thursday, the Trump administration announced that it will drop efforts to include a citizenship question on the census and instead gather existing citizenship information from the federal agencies.


SCOTUS grants review of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals cases

On Friday, June 28, the Supreme Court granted review in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) cases. The DACA program provides relief from deportation for undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as chidren by providing temporary “legal” status. The cases were brought in opposition to the Trump Administration’s efforts to end the program in 2017.


Ninth Circuit permits the Title X gag rule to remain in effect

On Thursday, July 11, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that the Trump administration can enforce the Title X gag rule, which prohibits Title X providers from referring patients for abortion, while the Ninth Circuit reconsiders a decision last month by three of its judges to allow the rule to be enforced while litigation challenging the rule makes its way through the courts.  This means that for now, the gag rule can take effect in all states but Maryland. The Title X program funds health care centers that provide family planning and preventive health services. Women of color will be disproportionately harmed by the rule.  


Other legal news


NAPAWF in the News

  • July 2, 2019, Broadway World Atlanta, "Will Brumley's THE CLINIC to Raise Funds and Awareness for Atlanta Abortion Providers"

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