AABANY Member and immigration attorney Tsui Yee was recently quoted in an NPR story by Alina Selyukh entitled “Will Filing For Unemployment Hurt My Green Card? Legal Immigrants Are Afraid.”
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread and leave millions of people jobless, legal immigrants working and paying taxes in the US fear that applying for unemployment might jeopardize their immigration cases. Tsui noted that even though these individuals are eligible to collect unemployment, many chose not to out of fear that doing so will somehow trigger a red flag with immigration services.
On January 30, 2020, AABANY Membership Director Beatrice Leong was interviewed by Reema Khrais on her podcast called “This Is Uncomfortable.” During the interview which was broadcast on NPR, Beatrice shared a very personal story about why she decided to become a divorce lawyer. After graduating from college Beatrice and her long time boyfriend, someone she had been with since the age of 16, got married and moved in together. He worked as a financial consultant, and Beatrice went to law school. However, their relationship took a turn for the worst when Beatrice uncovered his infidelity. After a long back and forth internally, she realized divorce was her only choice. Having graduated from law school, she decided to be her own advocate and joined a family law practice to learn more about divorce law. Beatrice recounted her own consultation with a divorce attorney, found it cold and unsympathetic, and believed that she would make a better matrimonial lawyer, one who understands the emotional trauma that her clients may be undergoing.
Preet Bharara, former U.S. Attorney who fought corruption, financial fraud and violent crime, takes his NPR radio show Stay Tuned with Preet on the road this fall. Past episodes have covered topics such as the Kavanaugh hearings, leaks from the West Wing, and the silence of Congressional Republicans. Join Preet in NY on 10/25 with New Yorker staff writer and CNN analyst, Jeff Toobin. Next stop is a conversation with Meet the Press host Chuck Todd in Washington, DC on 11/15. Preet’s last show of the fall will be in Los Angeles with Oscar nominated writer and actor Kumail Nanjiani on 11/29. Come to one–or all! To get more details and purchase tickets, please visit Cafe’s website here. Listen to his previous podcasts here.
Experts point to the parallels between the political climate of the exclusion era and today: a close and contentious presidential election that stirred anti-immigrant sentiment; the growing economic anxiety of white Americans; and policies that would drastically shape the country’s immigration laws.
NPR’s Weekend Edition ran a story on Saturday, Nov. 9, about AABANY’s latest trial re-enactment, “22 Lewd Chinese Women,” which premiered at the NAPABA National Convention in Kansas City, MO, on Nov. 8. The online version of the story contains videos of other re-enactments at http://bit.ly/22lcw