The Los Angeles chapter of Asian Americans for Advancing Justice held a press conference on Thursday morning to address President Donald Trump’s recent executive orders on immigration.
The orders that President Trump signed on Wednesday include a ban on Syrian refugees from entering the United States, an order to immediately construct a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and for cities to cooperate with the federal government in finding and detaining undocumented immigrants. Cities who don’t comply could have their federal funding limited or pulled.
At the press conference, AAAJ staff members said that this order does not apply to school districts. On January 11, the Alhambra Unified School District passed a safe haven resolution saying that they would not cooperate with immigration authorities in sharing the immigration status of their students.
Staff members urged any undocumented immigrants to seek free legal advice from AAAJ attorneys, including those protected under the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals to see if they should apply for an extension on this program. They also mentioned other forms of immigration relief, such as family-based and humanitarian relief, that undocumented immigrants might qualify for.
The organization also expressed solidarity with the Muslim and Latino communities, vowed to fight any discriminatory aspects of the executive orders in court and promoted city, state and federal laws that could protect immigrants in the years to come.