By ONME Newswire
In this episode of Democracy Revealed, host Michael Wyatt Tucker begins with the news of a lawsuit filed against the new Los Angeles County District Attorney by a union representing prosecutors on his staff. It is push back to his criminal justice reform agenda, which he has begun implementing. District Attorney George Gascon is also facing harsh criticism from fellow California district attorneys and the association that represents them for his actions.
In national news, Tucker discusses the delays to Biden’s Covid-19 Relief agenda; specifically the promised $2,000.00 checks that were made a key selling point for the victorious Democratic Georgia Senate candidates Ossoff and Warnock.
Tucker attended a media briefing on President Biden’s plans for immigration reform put on by Ethnic Media Services this past week. From that briefing, Mr. Tucker picked out three informative clips to share about various aspects of Biden’s proposed immigration policy, including changes to the work VISA system and the Diversity VISA program.
Here is more background on these three experts:
John C. Yang is the president and executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC. In 1997, John co-founded the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center. He served as chair of the Asian American Justice Center (former name of Advancing Justice | AAJC) after serving as treasurer of the organization and as a member of its
National Advisory Council.
John was president of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) from 2003 to 2004, and since 1998, he has served as Co-Chair of NAPABA’s Judiciary and
Executive Nominations & Appointments Committee.
Cyrus Mehta, an internationally recognized immigration attorney, addressed Biden's plans for business immigration, including the green card backlog faced by immigrants
from Asian countries.
Mehta is the founder and managing partner of Cyrus D. Mehta & Partners, PLLC. He is also an adjunct professor of law at Brooklyn Law School, and currently serves on the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Administrative Litigation Task Force. In 2018, Mr. Mehta received the prestigious AILA Edith Lowenstein Memorial Award for advancing the practice of immigration law. In 2016 and 2011, Mr. Mehta received AILA Presidential Commendations for exemplary service to the President of AILA and for leadership of AILA’s pro bono efforts.
Patrice Lawrence, co-director of UndocuBlack, discussed the impact of Biden's plan
on Black immigrants. She also focused on Temporary Protected Status.
Patrice is the National Policy and Advocacy Director for the UndocuBlack Network, where she leads the network’s advocacy efforts on immigrants’ rights and racial justice.
She is committed to social, racial, gender and immigration justice and works with the goal of transforming the realities of Black undocumented people.
Originally from Jamaica, Patrice is a graduate of Hollins University in Roanoke, VA and firmly believes that the sum of one’s experiences makes them whole regardless of their immigration status.
Stay tuned for part 2 featuring more experts.
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