2018
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Feb. 25: DACA renewal and immigration know your rights clinic – Brooklyn Law School

AALDEF staff attorney Annie Wang will speak at our free DACA renewal clinic and know your rights immigration legal clinic on Sunday, February 25, 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm, at Brooklyn Law School.…

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Lunar new year dinner to avert constitutional crisis?

Preet Bharara knows what it’s like to deal with Donald Trump. The former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York–who made it to the cover of Time magazine for going after Wall Street…

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Feb. 3, 2018 – DACA renewal presentations and workshops

AALDEF is participating in two Know Your Rights events on DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) on Saturday, February 3: From 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm, AALDEF is provide free legal assistance at a…

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State of the Union? Truthfully–chaotic, unless Trump says this

When Donald Trump gives his first actual State of the Union address, what the country really needs is a confessional, not fake news. We need the president to come clean. Did he attempt to fire Special…

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New AALDEF guidance on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

UPDATED 3.8.18: Download the latest Feb. 2018 AALDEF DACA guidance here. On January 9, 2018, a federal district judge in California temporarily blocked the Trump administration’s cancellation of the…

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Why did Donald Trump make DACA/Dreamers his political football?

Cheska Perez is a Filipina who was brought to the U.S. by her parents when she was just six years old. It’s the standard story. She didn’t have a choice. She didn’t know the U.S. government would shut…

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“J” is for “Jawdrop”– Time for the censure of President Donald J. Trump

If his pussy grabbing rhetoric wasn’t enough to sink his candidacy in 2016, why do you think Trump’s talking about immigrants from Africa and Haiti as coming from “shithole” countries will phase him?…

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Trump urges “Love Bill” for DACA, but a California federal judge offers real protection for Dreamers; and a 20/20 on Oprah

That strange immigration meeting at the White House on Tuesday looked like a scene from a political “Twilight Zone.” Was Trump really negotiating an immigration deal with a bipartisan group from…

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Trump’s megalomania exposed in “Fire and Fury”

After I burned up my Kindle reading “Fire and Fury”–Michael Wolff’s fly-on-the-wall tale of the Trump White House–here’s the most positive and optimistic thing I can say: There is no reason an Asian…

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2017
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A Bitcoin for your thoughts as Trump Year One ends and 2018 begins

I swear if I had a nickel for every time someone has mentioned bitcoin to me in the last month, I would be really, really rich. Not Trump rich. But who wants to be that? So on the last business day of…

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Fake tax cuts in a taxing holiday season

Donald Trump, our president of tweets and low ratings, is capping off the year spearheading the drive to bribe–or, ahem, give you a Christmas gift–that’s more like a ticking time bomb. Or is that what…

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Remembering Vivian Cheng-Khanna, 1955 – 2017

Vivian Cheng-Khanna had an intellect refined at a top college and law school, but the easygoing manner of a friend who had all afternoon to hear what was on your mind. While practicing law in some of…

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When San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee invited me in from the rain

Off and on, throughout the years, I knew Ed Lee. His death at age 65 leaves me in shock. Roy Moore? Special election? Alabama? On this election day, if you’re an Asian American who follows politics,…

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