ECAASU Opposes Public Charge Rule Change

WASHINGTON, DC-The East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU) is in deep opposition to the rule change on the inadmissibility of immigrants on public charge grounds.

Currently, according to the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), the government can prevent immigrants from adjusting their status from a visa to a legal permanent resident (green card) if they are considered a “public charge,” or someone deemed likely to be primarily dependent on the government. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS)’s new proposed rule would expand this classification, expanding it to anyone who uses public services like SNAP (formerly ‘food stamps’), Medicaid, Medicare Part D benefits, CHIP, or Housing assistance for low-income seniors.

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ECAASU Condemns Attacks on Birthright Citizenship

ECAASU Condemns Attacks on Birthright Citizenship

WASHINGTON, DC— Yesterday, news broke that President Trump intended to issue an executive order calling for an end to birthright citizenship for children born to noncitizens. Later in the day, news broke again that Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) intended to introduce legislation to do the same. The threat is weak— birthright citizenship, the citizenship granted to every child born in the United States regardless of parentage, is not just law, but part of our constitution. Overturning it would require a constitutional amendment, a vote that would require consensus from two-thirds of both the House of Representatives and Senate.

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ECAASU Grieves Victims of White Supremacist Shootings

PITTSBURGH, PA— We deeply mourn the lives lost on Saturday, October 27th at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU) condemns the hate and evil that killed 11 Jewish Americans and injured several more on Shabbat morning. We remember the names of those we have lost: Joyce Fienberg, Richard Gottfried, Rose Mallinger, Jerry Rabinowitz, Cecil Rosenthal, David Rosenthal, Bernice Simon, Sylvan Simon, Daniel Stein, Melvin Wax, and Irving Younger. We want to affirm that the white supremacy and anti-semitism that spurred this white male shooter to take innocent lives have no place in our understanding of humanity.

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ECAASU Calls on US Senators To Prioritize Affirmative Action in Kavanaugh Hearings

ECAASU Calls on US Senators To Prioritize Affirmative Action in Kavanaugh Hearings

The East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU) calls on our senators to protect people of color and reject Kavanaugh’s confirmation if he refuses to support affirmative action and race-conscious policies in his confirmation hearings. Kavanaugh’s role in Rice v. Cayetano is enough to demonstrate that he is not an ally to Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. There is still much to learn about his stances on essential affirmative action policies.

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ECAASU Condemns United States Supreme Court’s Decision To Uphold Travel Ban 3.0

ECAASU Condemns United States Supreme Court’s Decision To Uphold Travel Ban 3.0

The East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU) condemns the United States Supreme Court’s xenophobic decision to uphold President Trump’s third travel ban. In a 5-4 decision, the Court affirmed the restriction of travelers from five predominantly Muslim majority countries (Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen) from entering the United States. The travel ban also blocks the entry of North Korean travelers and some Venezuelan government officials and their families.

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