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Undocu-Asian Teach In
Transcript of Undocu-Asian Teach In
Drop the I word
Thank you for sharing your story
Why We Rise
Who Is Undocumented?
11+ million people, 2.4 million youth
Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa
40% longer than 10 years
Lack a long-term status or are not authorized immigrants
Overstayed visas, fell out of status
Denied, pending immigration petitions
Crossed with fake papers or undetected
Even the word 'undocumented' doesn't explain the complex immigration system and how it fails millions of immigrants
*What are some stereotypes you have heard about undocumented immigrants?*
How did we get here?
There were so few restrictions on immigration in the 19th and early 20th centuries that there was no such thing as "illegal immigration."
How Grandma Got Legal, Mae Ngai
The Registry Act of 1929 allowed immigrants who arrived before 1921 but had no record of their admission to register retroactively, for a $20 fee.
From 1935 to the late 1950s, to keep families together, tens of thousands of Europeans unlawfully in the U.S. were allowed temporarily to go to Canada and reenter the States legally as a permanent resident.
In 1965, the U.S. repealed racial restrictions against Southern and Eastern Europeans and Asians, but the 1965 law also imposed quotas for the first time on Western Hemisphere countries. That created illegal immigration from Mexico and Central America.
We don't cross the border...
Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965
Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996
The border crosses us!
Stand up, fight back!
What we do
Undocu-Asian and Unafraid
Call to action