Civil Rights Groups Condemn Proposal to Collect Social Media Data from Chinese Travelers

Civil Rights Groups Condemn Proposal to Collect Social Media Data from Chinese Travelers

SAN FRANCISCO — Civil rights organizations are sounding the alarm over a proposal by Trump’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP) that would require visa holders from China to turn over their social media “handles.”

Over 30 civil rights groups signed onto a letter opposing the plan, saying it would increase racial profiling, erode internet freedom and privacy, and would not be effective at advancing security.

“There is no rational or substantiated argument for this proposal,” said Vincent Pan, director of Chinese for Affirmative Action. “The only thing we can speculate is that it is part of a larger policy against people of color and immigrants.”

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SEA OF LIFE – A Solo Art Exhibition by Ann Phong

Westminster, CA – The Việt Báo Gallery is pleased to announce a solo art exhibition of new works by Ann Phong. The “Sea of Life” exhibtion will run from May 5 – 7, 2017, from12:00pm-5:00pm. The artist will be present at the opening reception on Friday, May 5thfrom 6:00pm – 8:00pm.

Phong has been known in the Vietnamese American community through her participation in many group exhibitions and art activism since the 1990s. “Sea of Life” is her rare solo exhibition which features around 40 acryclic and mixed media pieces.

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Congressman Pallone Wants Trump Admin. to Step Back from Toxic Rhetoric on Immigration

Congressman Pallone Wants Trump Admin. to Step Back from Toxic Rhetoric on Immigration

Congressman Frank Pallone Jr., D-N.J., a co-founder of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans, held a roundtable discussion with South Asian community leaders at a temple in Edison, N.J., to address immigration issues and combating hate crime, Pallone’s office said in an April 24 news release.

The congressman and community leaders discussed recent executive orders on immigration by President Donald Trump, as well as the uptick in hate crime across the nation.

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Feds, states target Southern 'Sanctuary Cities,' Leaving Local Officials in a Bind

Feds, states target Southern ‘Sanctuary Cities,’ Leaving Local Officials in a Bind

The Trump administration has continued its crackdown on immigration this week, most recently taking aim at so-called “sanctuary cities.” In January, President Donald Trump issued an executive order threatening to withhold federal funding from these cities which, to varying degrees, limit their entanglement in federal immigration enforcement to promote local public safety and community trust.

The administration has followed up on Trump’s directive, with the Department of Homeland Security recently releasing a list of jurisdictions it said didn’t comply with the agency’s requests to detain undocumented immigrants in local custody beyond their scheduled release — a tactic some have criticized for flaming unfounded notions that immigrants are criminals or that they increase crime.

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Garifuna Festival Celebrated at Museum of Latin American Art

Garifuna Festival Celebrated at Museum of Latin American Art

Long Beach-Sunday, April 23rd, the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) hosted the inaugural Garifuna Festival. The Garifuna Festival celebrates the arts, music and language of Black Caribs- Garifuna people from Central America (Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua).
The day long festival featured art workshops, children’s story time, Garifuna drumming, and face-painting. The festival also featured Garifuna craft vendors, mouthwatering food and drinks.

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Internationally Acclaimed THE CONSTITUTION Opens 12thSouth East European Film Festival April 27 at the Writers Guild in Beverly Hills

Internationally Acclaimed THE CONSTITUTION Opens 12th South East European Film Festival April 27 at the Writers Guild in Beverly Hills

The 12th annual South East European Film Festival (SEEfest) (seefilmla.org) selected Montreal’s Grand Prix of Americas and Santa Barbara’s Best International Feature Film

Winner, The Constitution by Croatian director Rajko Grlić to open 2017 Festival with a gala event on Thursday, April 27, at 7:00PM at the Writers Guild Theater theater in Beverly Hills.

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USCIS Reaches FY 2018 H-1B Cap

WASHINGTON – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has reached the congressionally mandated 65,000 visa H-1B cap for fiscal year 2018. USCIS has also received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to meet the 20,000 visa U.S. advanced degree exemption, also known as the master’s cap.

The agency will reject and return filing fees for all unselected cap-subject petitions that are not duplicate filings.

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Putting American Workers First: USCIS Announces Further Measures to Detect H-1B Visa Fraud and Abuse

WASHINGTON – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced multiple measures to further deter and detect H-1B visa fraud and abuse. The H-1B visa program should help U.S. companies recruit highly-skilled foreign nationals when there is a shortage of qualified workers in the country. Yet, too many American workers who are as qualified, willing, and deserving to work in these fields have been ignored or unfairly disadvantaged. Protecting American workers by combating fraud in our employment-based immigration programs is a priority for USCIS.

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Earth Day Jazz Festival in the City of Inglewood

Lenny Williams Returns To Earth Day Jazz Festival in the City of Inglewood

The one and only Lenny Williams made a return engagement to close out the 7th Annual Earth Day Festival. He performed “This Time It is Real,” “The Love I Lost,” and “Because I Love You” to name a few.
The 7th Annual Earth Day Festival presented by the City of Inglewood and the Social Justice Learning Institute was a huge success. This year’s sponsors were The City of Inglewood, the Social Justice Learning Institute, Los Angeles Rams, Los Angeles Chargers, Renovate America, Home Depot, Republic Services, Kinecta, Airport Marina Ford and KJLH Radio Free 102.3FM.

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