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1 South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT)

2 A national, non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to amplifying the voices and perspectives of South Asian organizations and individuals in order to achieve a more just and equitable society. Overview of SAALT – Our Mission

3 Our Strategies

4 Stakeholders PolicymakersPhilanthropyMedia Thought Leaders

5 Comprehensive Immigration Reform: Nearly 30 Years Overdue Last broad overhaul of our nation’s immigration reform laws: Pres. Reagan, 1986 Roughly 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the US 240,000 undocumented Indians alone Ramped-up enforcement: record 2 million deported in last 5 years alone

6 Congressional inaction vs. overwhelming electoral support for reform NYT poll (June 2014): 62% support immigration reform w/path to citizenship – 51% of registered GOPers support reform Consistent bipartisan support for reform: up to 77% in recent years Senate passed comprehensive bill in June 2013 House has refused to bring Senate bill to conference Growing momentum at state level for pro-immigrant policies in wake of Congressional gridlock

7 State Driver’s License Laws Source: National Immigration Law Center

8 State Laws on Immigrant Access to Higher Education Source: National Immigration Law Center

9 What’s likely to come next on immigration? Strong likelihood of more pro-immigrant, anti- enforcement proposals advancing at state/local level Potential federal review of deportation priorities, numbers (may be delayed) Continued organizing & activism in immigrant communities against deportations, family separation Potential Congressional/Presidential action in lame duck session?

10 Stay in touch with SAALT to get updates on immigration! Join our list: Follow us Friend us on Facebook Let us know if you’d like to make your voice heard in DC Join us at the National South Asian Summit: April 2015

11 Thank You South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) 6930 Carroll Avenue, Suite 506 Takoma Park, MD Website: Facebook: Twitter: https://twitter.com/SAALTweetshttps://twitter.com/SAALTweets


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