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Editor's Corner/Over a Cup of Tea
A heartbreaking online love story
Heidi M. Pascual
Publisher & Editor
2006 Journalist of the year
for the State of Wisconsin
|OCA Outraged Supreme Court Allows Anti-Immigrant Rule to Take Effect
Jan 29, 2020
My best friend, Claire, has been a widow for more than decade. She has two grown-up children (one of them
abroad), both professionals and living with their respective families. Claire has admitted to me that loneliness
overcomes her often that she cries in the middle of the night blaming her dead husband for her misery. At 55, she
wants to find a man that could possibly alleviate her suffering and offer a life of harmonious partnership which
she said was absent during her entire married life.
As a Filipina, however, she knows that it is difficult to find a Filipino male willing to take a widow as his wife, and considering her age, the harder it
is to convince a man that she has all it takes to be a better-than-good wife.
So, like many lonely women all over the world, Claire signed up for membership in a few dating sites and began communicating with prospective
new friends and/or partners. These dating sites filter information about their members, give out few personal information, and highlight matching
criteria for careful consideration of “seekers.” Claire began to communicate with a few possible friends who are foreigners, but nothing seemed
to happen in the love area. She has confided in me her frustrations, until one day she decided she won’t respond anymore to any invitation in
dating sites from people viewing her profiles or expressing interest in her. She said she’s fed up and tired of anything online. She only kept a
Facebook account to connect with her family and close friends.
Thus, for several years now, Claire has stopped looking for the man of her dreams. She has focused her time on her work, as she still works as
secretary to a high government official in the city. At home, she helps take care of two small grandchildren, aged 7 and 5, kids of one of her two
Then one day, when she opened her Facebook account, she noticed a request for friendship from a good-looking foreigner, maybe in his 60s,
listing one of Claire’s close friends as a “mutual friend.” Claire used to simply delete similar requests because she knew that there are tons of
scammers and crazy folk online out to fool you. But she thought about the mutual friend, and decided to first ask the “foreigner” to tell her more
about himself as an introduction. At the same time, Claire asked her mutual friend for more information; however, her friend simply replied, “I got
hundreds of foreigner friends, I really don’t know much about any of them!”
Initially, Claire wanted to delete the foreigner’s request for friendship, but she thought, “Why not; this man could be real.” She informed me about
her action after that, so I was really privy to what was happening to Claire and the “man” for about a week. -- READ MORE
|Why The Census Bureau Is Turning To
Children To Reach Asian Immigrants
|The Economics of
Although Overwhelmingly Employed in Caregiving Industries, Women Cannot
Afford Child Care
By Sarah Jane Glynn and Katie Hamm
Authors’ note: CAP uses “Black” and “African American” interchangeably
throughout many of our products. We chose to capitalize “Black” in order to
reflect that we are discussing a group of people and to be consistent with the
capitalization of “African American.” For the other demographic groups
considered in this report, the authors defer to source language where
Introduction and summary
All across the nation—regardless of region and across a diversity of family
types, racial and ethnic groups, and ages of children—mothers are driving
forces of the American economy. Virtually all of the economic gains
experienced by the typical middle-class family since 1970, for example, have
been due to increases in women’s earnings. From 1970 to 2013, women’s
increased labor force participation and increased earnings grew the U.S.
economy by 13.5 percent, which translates into an additional $2 trillion in
economic activity. Women, and mothers in particular, make up a significant
proportion of the labor force, and their employment and wages are vital to the
overall health of the labor market and the U.S. economy. - READ MORE
|2018 Asian America Voter Survey
|A survey released October by Asian and Pacific Islander American
Vote (APIAVote) and AAPIData reveals many insights into the fastest-
growing racial group in the United States, including their voting plans
for House and Senate races in 2018, and various issue priorities such
as education, health care, and the state of the economy. In addition to
election-related topics, the survey also contains key opinion data on
affirmative action, labor protections, and immigration policy, including
the administration’s recently announced plans to revoke the legal
status of immigrants with green cards who have used government
Sponsored by Civic Leadership USA and conducted in partnership
with Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO (APALA), and
Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC, the survey presents the
results of interviews conducted by telephone and online from August
23 – October 4, 2018 of 1,316 Asian American registered voters.
As the Asian American electorate continues to grow, the group will
continue to play a significant role in political races at the national,
state, and local levels. Of importance is the increase in voter
enthusiasm, with 48% polled indicating they are “more enthusiastic
about voting this year” compared to only 28% in 2014.
Of note, the Democratic Party holds a sizable advantage on most
issues, with the greatest gaps found on the environment, racial
discrimination, health care, and gun control. At the same time, the
Republican Party fares stronger on issues like taxes, jobs and the
economy, and national security. -- READ MORE
|Bait and Switch: How the Trump Administration Is
Trying to Deport Spouses of U.S. Citizens
By Tom Jawetz
Recently, a federal judge in Maryland issued a preliminary injunction that blocks
federal immigration officials in the state from arresting and detaining people who
have come forward—at the invitation of the government—to begin the process of
obtaining a green card based upon their marriage to a U.S. citizen. Essentially,
immigration officials over the past three years have been using a process that
was created by regulation to facilitate certain undocumented immigrants’ ability
to obtain lawful status to instead entrap them into being arrested and deported.
The legal question at the heart of the case is whether or not this decision is
arbitrary and capricious and, thus, in violation of the Administrative Procedure
Act. Even if that question is ultimately resolved against the plaintiffs in this case,
the government’s actions illustrate perfectly why even legally defensible
enforcement actions can degrade respect for the rule of law.
How the current provisional waiver process promotes compliance with the law
Under U.S. immigration law, a person who was never admitted or paroled into
the country cannot, from within the country, adjust their status to that of a green
card holder by virtue of their marriage to a U.S. citizen. Instead, that person must
leave the country to obtain an immigrant visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate
abroad and then reenter the United States as a lawful permanent resident. But for
people who have accrued unlawful presence in the country or who have an
outstanding order of removal, leaving the country to go through consular
processing abroad triggers one or more lengthy bars on reentering the country. --
|Congressional Leaders Condemn White Nationalist
Stephen Miller, Call for Immediate Removal from Role
as White House Senior Advisor
From Congressional Asia Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC)
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20),
Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, introduced a
resolution condemning the presence of white nationalist Stephen
Miller in the White House and called for his immediate resignation from
office. The resolution outlines how Miller has consistently followed
and advocated for racist and white supremacist ideology in our nation.
As Senior Advisor to President Donald Trump, he has pushed his vile
beliefs forward through major policy changes which have sown
divisiveness into our federal policy. His work in the Administration
has encouraged a resurgence of racism and bigotry, creating a climate
of fear, danger, and violence for communities of color and immigrants.
The resolution was cosponsored by Congressional Asian Pacific
American Caucus Chair Judy Chu (CA-27), Congressional Black
Caucus Chair Karen Bass (CA-37), Congresswoman Debbie
Wasserman Schultz (FL-23), Congressman Don Beyer (VA-8), and
Congressman Brad Schneider (IL-10). Senator Kamala Harris (CA) will
introduce the companioning resolution in the United States Senate.. --
|Wisconsin Public School Children Deserve
We cannot afford to keep playing politics with their future.
From Wisconsin Public Education Network
Wisconsin Public Education Network Executive Director Heather DuBois
Bourenane delivered these remarks recently at a press event with Rep. Jonathan
Brostoff launching the Public Education Reinvestment Act. This bill would restore
and expand the state’s SAGE program and roll back the state’s taxpayer funded
private school voucher program.
We stand united in our state Capitol today to remind our elected officials that
Wisconsin supports its public schools and demand they restore the tax dollars
taken from our children.
To succeed, our students need real, immediate and lasting investments in
solutions that we know work. We must fund investments that work and abandon
reckless spending on programs that don’t. And we thank Rep. Jonathan Brostoff
for bringing forward a bill that directly responds to the needs of our children and
our communities with common sense policy that restores a critical investment in
our children. -- READ MORE
Washington, DC - OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates is outraged that the Supreme Court has allowed Trump’s harmful
public charge rule to move forward, which was first released in August 2019. For low-income immigrant and mixed-status
families who use public aid, the rule limits their ability to earn permanent residency and citizenship. Over the last six
months, OCA has joined several amicus briefs against the rule, arguing that it is racially-motivated and disproportionately
impacts immigrants of color. Yet, in a 5-4 vote today, the Supreme Court lifted the preliminary injunctions and authorized the
government to penalize immigrants for past temporary aid usage.
The public charge rule designates applicants relying on temporary assistance - like SNAP food stamps, Medicaid, or
housing assistance - as “public charges”, putting them at a much higher risk of having their green card applications denied.
The rule also enables discrimination based on age, education, existing medical conditions, and income - leading some to
call it a “wealth test”. Public charge not only harms current immigrants applying for residency but will also shape the future
of U.S. immigration. Over the past year, talk of the rule has had a chilling effect on immigrant families: fear of being
considered a “public charge” has triggered mass disenrollment from nutrition and healthcare programs, jeopardizing the
well-being of immigrants and mixed-status families.
“It is extremely disappointing that the Supreme Court has allowed this anti-immigrant rule to go into effect,” said Rita Pin
Ahrens, OCA National Executive Director. “Immigrants and refugees have built vibrant communities and economies in the U.
S. Some, like my own family, have needed public assistance programs to help stabilize their situation and establish
themselves. Further punishing those trying to find ways out of poverty is inhumane and frankly un-American. OCA calls on
Congress to take action and co-sponsor Representative Judy Chu's No Federal Funds for Public Charge Act and Senator
Mazie Hirono's Protect American Values Act.” -- READ MORE
By Josie Huang
In the last month, the United States Census Bureau has rolled out six
ads in different Asian languages with pretty much the same storyline:
cute little girl tells her dad all she knows about the census.
The ads' backdrops vary — a Chinese bakery, a Korean grocery, a
Filipino family's home office — but in each one the daughter sweetly
nudges dad into filling out census forms.
"We definitely wanted to hone in on that family connection and filial
piety," said Tim Wang, whose agency TDW+Co made the ads in and
around Los Angeles.
The Census Bureau says that language barriers make Asian immigrants
some of the hardest people to count, and it's spending millions more on
culturally-relevant advertising to reach them than it did 10 years ago.
Still, community advocates in Los Angeles, home to some of the world's
largest Asian diasporas, worry that large swaths of people could be
missed in a national headcount that decides political representation and
how government resources are distributed. -- READ MORE