Weekly Digest
November 20, 2019
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Senator Kennedy Compares Impeachment Proceedings to Lack of Due Process during Incarceration
Last week in the midst of the Impeachment Hearings taking place in the House, Senator Kennedy of Louisiana compared these proceedings to the lack of due process given to Japanese Americans during Incarceration in World War II. Executive Director, David Inoue, and the National Board's statement is below.
NBC News' Response to Senator Kennedy's Statements
Tsuru for Solidarity's
"National Pilgrimage to Close the Camps"
"Enemy Child" Book signing with Secretary Norm Mineta and Andrea Warren
The Smithsonian Museum of American History held a book talk with Elizabeth MacMillan Director, Anthea M. Hartig; former Cabinet Secretary Norman Mineta; and Andrea Warren, author of Enemy Child: The Story of Norman Mineta, a Boy Imprisoned in a Japanese American Internment Camp During World War II. Secretary Mineta shared his experiences having his childhood turned into a story, and his hopes that this story will inspire children to make a difference themselves. Author Andrea Warren shared her experiences learning about the incarceration stories and why she wanted to focus on Norm's story. The talk was followed by a signing by both Secretary Mineta and Ms. Warren. There was an earlier book talk and signing also held at the Library of Congress, both events were well attended.
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Advocacy Opportunity: Support Filipino Veterans and their Families
Recently the Parole Program for World War II Filipino veterans and their families to immigrate to the United States and seek citizenship was terminated by the administration. The JACL joins other civil rights organizations in a call to action to help reinstate the program to help Filipino Veterans and their families reunite and seek citizenship! You can learn more in an op-ed written by General Taguba here!
Advocacy Opportunity: Join the JACL in Supporting the Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act!
More than one million immigrants arrive at U.S. borders every year, many escaping violent or threatening situations in their home countries. 

Under Trump, immigrants arrive to U.S. detention centers that are just as damaging as the violence-prone countries many are fleeing. One investigator even found conditions at the nation’s largest Customs and Border Protection detention center “could be compared to torture facilities.”

U.S. Congress members, Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA), Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) have sponsored a bill called the Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act, proposing changes to how the U.S. treats immigrants and ensuring transparent and responsible conduct around immigrants awaiting a court decision.

This legislation would implement a shift from detention to alternative housing arrangements for immigrants awaiting court decisions. Community-based supervision programs allow immigrants to live independently, and outside of detention centers.

This legislation will also address transparency in how the U.S. runs its detention centers, calling for regular inspections at detention facilities to ensure that the facility workers are respecting all rights of immigrants. 

Migrant families lawfully seeking asylum cannot continue to be abused! Congress must enact legislation to prevent further detainment in for-profit concentration camps. Join the JACL along with other sponsors, Daily Kos, Franciscan Action Network, Blue Future, and more by signing the petition!
Advocacy Opportunity:
Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act
Check if your member of Congress has co-sponsored the Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act of 2019. ( List of cosponsors here )

If they have not, call their office TODAY and ask them to do so. Mention that you are their constituent.

Not sure who your member of Congress is? Find them here .

This bill would bring oversight and enforcement of standards to immigrant detention, in an attempt to curb the horrific, inhumane conditions found inside many of these facilities. It would also compel investigations of deaths in custody and phase out private detention, so that all facilities are regulated and no companies stand to profit from locking up families seeking asylum. Find the text here .
Advocacy Opportunity:
Reuniting Families Act
Check if your member of Congress has co-sponsored the Reuniting Families Act. ( List of cosponsors here )

If they have not, call their office TODAY and ask them to do so. Mention that you are their constituent.

The bill promotes family unity by clearing backlogs for family-based immigration and providing for the more timely reunification of spouses and children, as well as providing protection for LGBTQ families. It eliminates per-country visa limits and recaptures lost visas. Find the text here.
Advocacy Opportunity: Petition of Japanese Americans to Close the Camps!
JACL has joined as a supporting organization for this petition.

Nikkei-mashou
Click HERE for the latest issue of Nikkei-mashou, the newsletter of the National Youth/Student Council.

The mission of the National Youth/Student Council is to build a national network that engages the next generation through community organizing to create positive change for the API community.

Apply to be a census worker
The U.S. Census Bureau is hiring temporary workers for the 2020 census count, including census takers and office staff. It is important to have representatives from all communities working as census workers to work towards a full and accurate count.

Click here to find the application and pay rates in your local area.