Asian Community Disturbed by Trump Immigration Policies

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U.S. President Donald Trump’s immigration policies have not only affected the Latino community, but have also affected Asians greatly.

Immigrants from Asian countries such as China, India, the Philippines and South Korea comprise the second largest immigrants group in the U.S.— 1.5 million — according to government figures and researchers.

And yet Asians have often been overlooked in the current debate over illegal immigration.

“Asians in the United States have not received the same sort of focus as people from Mexico and Latin America,” Stephen Yale-Loehr, an immigration lawyer and professor at Cornell Law School, said to Yahoo News.

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Yale-Loehr said Asians are actually very concerned about the new enforcement policies.

Since Trump’s election in November, fear over the president’s immigration policies within the Korean community has been mounting, said Joon Bang, executive director of the Korean American Coalition in Los Angeles.

“We normally get about 60 calls a month regarding immigration issues and since Trump was elected we’ve had an average of about 150 calls per month,” Bang said.

He said once a domestically abused Korean woman in Los Angeles refused to go to the police because she was afraid of being deported.

“It’s all fear-related, from people with or without status, to those with a visa or in the process of applying for citizenship,” Bang said.

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