Shows: October 23, 2017

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Asian Americans Defend DACA

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The fight to save DACA, the Obama era deportation relief for young undocumented immigrants, which was recently scrapped by President Trump, is now a race against time. The deadline for renewing the last round of DACA applicants has passed, and now it's up to Congress to find a legislative fix. If not, soon hundreds of thousands of DACA youth could face deportation. Many of them, contrary to popular perception, are Asian American -- as demonstrated by a recent protest led by immigrant rights groups from the AAPI community including Annie Wang of AALDEF, Mohammed Razvi of the Council of Peoples Organization, and Howard Shih of the Asian American Federation.

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Stopping Deportations

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The Trump Administration’s anti-immigrant frenzy is cutting refugee admissions – and authorities are even rounding up and deporting refugees from Southeast Asia who have been living in the United States for decades. Katrina Dizon Mariategue, immigration policy manager at the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center discusses the latest.

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Toxic Legacy of Agent Orange

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Fifty years after the U.S. blasted Vietnam with chemical weapons of war, the toxic residue of Agent Orange still scars many Vietnamese communities. Today, Vietnam suffers from chemical-related illnesses including cancers, severe deformities, brain damage, and various respiratory diseases. Treatment and rehabilitation would cost about $35 million annually for a decade, but so far Congress has yet to act decisively to provide victims with treatment. Richard Hughes, an activist with Loose Cannons, has been pushing lawmakers to finally do something to redeem this toxic injustice. APF spoke with him after he ran a moving op-ed in the New York Times with Viet Thanh Nguyen discussing this struggle.

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Saying No to War with North Korea

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President Trump has threatened North Korea with “fire and fury” as he ratchets up tensions with the isolated and impoverished state over its nuclear program.mHe will visit Asia from Nov. 3 to 14, for a series of meetings with Asian leaders – and peace activists in South Korea in particular are planning major protests during his visit. In the run-up to the Trump trip, the National Lawyers Guild International Committee organized a press conference in New York to explain the legal implications of Trump’s threats of war and called for peace.

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