FBI Releases 2018 Hate Crimes Report: Hate in the U.S. is getting deadlier

November 12, 2019 Washington, D.C.: The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released its annual hate crimes report for 2018 early this morning. The report documented 7,120 hate incidents in 2018, down slightly from 7,175 in 2017. Despite the minor decrease, hate violence was more deadly and violent than it has been since the surge of violence … Read moreFBI Releases 2018 Hate Crimes Report: Hate in the U.S. is getting deadlier

SAALT Hiring Executive Director

South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) seeks an Executive Director to advance the organization’s mission, vision, and strategic relationships; serve as primary spokesperson and fundraiser; and work with senior staff to oversee internal operations, staff, programs, partnerships, and other priorities of the organization. The Executive Director will be responsible for successfully managing the operations and … Read moreSAALT Hiring Executive Director

SAALT Statement on 18th Anniversary of 9/11 Attacks

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 11, 2019  Today, 18 years after September 11, 2001, we mourn the lives lost that day, and the thousands who were and continue to be violently targeted in the ensuing “War on Terror.” Just four days after 9/11, Balbir Singh Sodhi, a Sikh business owner, was planting flowers outside of his … Read moreSAALT Statement on 18th Anniversary of 9/11 Attacks

SAALT Statement on the Rise of Hindu Nationalism

September 10, 2019 SAALT is deeply concerned by the actions of the Narendra Modi government of India and the impact of its Hindu nationalist agenda. Those actions affect not just communities living in the region but also South Asian Americans living here in the U.S.   The recent actions in Kashmir, in Assam, and against Dalits … Read moreSAALT Statement on the Rise of Hindu Nationalism

SAALT Denounces Trump Administration attack on Immigrant Children

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 22, 2019 Washington, D.C.: On Wednesday, the Trump Administration announced a new rule that would give the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)  the power to hold immigrant families – including children – indefinitely. The new rule directly undermines the Flores Agreement, which for decades has provided some protections for children including … Read moreSAALT Denounces Trump Administration attack on Immigrant Children

South Asian Migrants in Detention

South Asian Migrants in Detention Factsheet This fact sheet provides an overview of trends in South Asian migration along the U.S. Southern border, conditions many South Asian migrants face in detention facilities, specific detention cases SAALT has tracked since 2014,  and numbers of undocumented Indians.… Please follow and like us:

Remembering Oak Creek and all Survivors of Hate Violence

August 5, 2019  On this day exactly seven years ago, a known white supremacist opened fire with a 9 millimeter semiautomatic handgun in the Oak Creek, WI gurdwara, and killed six people. We are still mourning the devastating impact of this violence today. Just this weekend, white male shooters claimed 31 lives in El Paso, … Read moreRemembering Oak Creek and all Survivors of Hate Violence

SAALT Joins Allies in Demanding NYPD Investigate attack on Hindu Priest as a Hate Crime

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 22, 2019 SAALT joins Sadhana, CAIR, and faith based allies in calling for the NYPD to investigate the attack on Swami Ji Harish Chander Puri in Queens, NY  as a hate crime.   Swami Ji Harish Chander Puri was walking down the street wearing his traditional religious clothes in Glen Oaks, Queens … Read moreSAALT Joins Allies in Demanding NYPD Investigate attack on Hindu Priest as a Hate Crime

Update on South Asian restaurant workers detained by ICE

July 11, 2019 Washington, D.C.: A community member reached out to SAALT last week alerting staff that several South Asian restaurant employees had been detained by ICE and taken to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility the week before.   Given that the Trump Administration has announced imminent raids, SAALT issued a community alert to prepare our … Read moreUpdate on South Asian restaurant workers detained by ICE

SAALT Welcomes Khalid Jabara and Heather Heyer NO HATE Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 27, 2019  WASHINGTON, D.C. –  SAALT welcomes Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Senator Dick Durbin’s (D-IL)  introduction of the Khalid Jabara and Heather Heyer NO HATE Act.  Representatives Donald Beyer (D-VA) and Pete Olson (R-TX) introduced the companion bill in the House. The bill – which promotes more accurate hate crimes … Read moreSAALT Welcomes Khalid Jabara and Heather Heyer NO HATE Act

Supreme Court Rules Against Citizenship Question on 2020 Census

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 27, 2019  Washington, D.C. : The Supreme Court of the United States ruled 5-4 today that the citizenship question on the 2020 Census cannot be added to the 2020 Census.  Chief Justice Roberts’ voted against the citizenship question, sending the case back to the lower courts and asking for further explanation … Read moreSupreme Court Rules Against Citizenship Question on 2020 Census

SAALT Marks One Year Anniversary of Supreme Court Ruling Upholding the Muslim Ban

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 26, 2019 Washington, D.C.: On June 26, 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in favor of upholding the Muslim Ban, making it both legal and indefinite. Since the inception of the Muslim Ban, countless families have been separated, individuals have been denied critical medical treatment, family members have … Read moreSAALT Marks One Year Anniversary of Supreme Court Ruling Upholding the Muslim Ban

SAALT DENOUNCES ICE RAIDS AND FAMILY SEPARATION

For Immediate Release Friday, June 21, 2019 Media Contacts Sophia Qureshi, sophia@saalt.org Lakshmi Sridaran, lakshmi@saalt.org Following the Trump administration’s announcement this week, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids are expected to impact families across the U.S. beginning this  Sunday, June 23rd in the pre-dawn hours. Cities expected to have the highest level of impact include: … Read moreSAALT DENOUNCES ICE RAIDS AND FAMILY SEPARATION

House Passes Historic Dream and Promise Act

We’re taking a moment today to pause and celebrate what just happened. After years of immigrant justice organizing by a broad coalition of community members, allies and partners, elected officials have listened. The House voted last night to pass the Dream and Promise Act (H.R. 6), which offers permanent protections and a pathway to citizenship … Read moreHouse Passes Historic Dream and Promise Act

ACTION ALERT: URGE CONGRESS TO PASS THE DREAM AND PROMISE ACT WITH NO HARMFUL ANTI-IMMIGRANT AMENDMENTS

June 3, 2019 Last month’s passage of the Dream and Promise Act (H.R. 6) by the House Judiciary Committee is a historic milestone in the fight for immigrant rights. It is scheduled for a full floor vote in the House of Representatives tomorrow, June 4th. The Dream and Promise Act offers a pathway to citizenship … Read moreACTION ALERT: URGE CONGRESS TO PASS THE DREAM AND PROMISE ACT WITH NO HARMFUL ANTI-IMMIGRANT AMENDMENTS

South Asians by the Numbers: Population in the U.S. has grown by 40% since 2010

May 15, 2019 SAALT released its latest South Asian demographic snapshot today, revealing a community in the U.S. that’s growing almost as fast as it is changing. By 2065, Asian Americans are on track to be the largest immigrant population in the U.S. The South Asian population in the U.S. grew a staggering 40% in … Read moreSouth Asians by the Numbers: Population in the U.S. has grown by 40% since 2010

Coalition Letter to House Homeland Security Committee: Concerns about Domestic Terrorism Hearing

May 8, 2019 Dear Chairman Thompson and Ranking Member Rogers: As civil liberties and community-based organizations, we submit this statement for the record in response to the hearing on domestic terrorism in order to share our concerns about the rise of white supremacist and nationalist violence in the country, and to remind the committee that … Read moreCoalition Letter to House Homeland Security Committee: Concerns about Domestic Terrorism Hearing

13 year old in Critical Condition after Alleged Hate Crime in Northern California

May 3, 2019 Dear Friends, Community Members, and Allies, On April 23rd, 13 year-old Dhriti was walking back home from the library with her father and brother, when a driver plowed into them and several other pedestrians at a busy crosswalk in Sunnyvale, California. Dhriti is in a coma after suffering major brain injuries and … Read more13 year old in Critical Condition after Alleged Hate Crime in Northern California

Standing with the Victims and their Families in Sri Lanka

April 22, 2019 At least 290 people in Sri Lanka were killed and more than 500 injured from the horrific attacks on Easter Sunday in St. Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo, Zion Church in Batticaloa, and three hotels in the capital city of Colombo: the Shangri-La, the Cinnamon Grand and the Kingsbury. Our hearts are aching … Read moreStanding with the Victims and their Families in Sri Lanka

Men who Sustained 80-day Hunger Strike Released from El Paso Detention Facility

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 17, 2019 Jasvir Singh and Rajandeep Singh were released from the Otero County Processing Center last week almost three months after initial reports that they were among nine Sikh men on hunger strike whom ICE agents were force feeding in the El Paso Service Processing Center. El Paso and Las Cruces … Read moreMen who Sustained 80-day Hunger Strike Released from El Paso Detention Facility

Statement of Concern Regarding April 9 Congressional Hearing on Hate Crimes and White Nationalism

April 8, 2019 Dear Chairman Nadler and Ranking Member Collins, We write to share our concerns with you and members of the House Judiciary Committee regarding the April 9 hearing on Hate Crimes and The Rise of White Nationalism. We believe these are urgent issues and that Congress should be paying close attention, especially in … Read moreStatement of Concern Regarding April 9 Congressional Hearing on Hate Crimes and White Nationalism

PRESS RELEASE: SAALT hosts Congressional Briefing “Detention, Hunger Strikes, Deported to Death”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEAESE April 2, 2019 On April 2, SAALT and immigrant justice partners UndocuBlack Network, Detention Watch Network, United We Dream, Freedom for Immigrants, Sikh Coalition, Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF) hosted a Congressional Briefing on Capitol Hill to draw immediate attention to the rise in South Asians seeking asylum in … Read morePRESS RELEASE: SAALT hosts Congressional Briefing “Detention, Hunger Strikes, Deported to Death”