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Civil rights lawyer Karin Wang on Trump crackdown

Asian-Americans have an 'important role' to play in resisting targeting of immigrants

How is the Asian-American community reacting to President Donald Trump's immigration and border-control policy, and what are their challenges? The Nikkei Asian Review spoke to Karin Wang, vice president of Asian Americans Advancing Justice -- Los Angeles, the nation's largest legal and civil rights organization for Asian-Americans.

Muslim and Hispanic people garner much attention when it comes to debate on immigrants. What have you been hearing from the Asian-American community? The biggest impact has been on Indian immigrants, who are bearing the brunt of the anti-Muslim attacks. South Asians often get mistaken for Middle Eastern or Muslim people. Sikhs who wear turbans especially have problems, and a man in Washington actually got shot recently. Combined with the crackdown on H-1B visas, a lot of Indian immigrants are wondering whether they should stay or go. So there are a lot of signs that Asian immigration could slow.

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