By Kimberly Yam | Huffpost
The U.S. population of undocumented Asian Americans tripled in 15 years, from 2000 to 2015, making it the fastest growing undocumented group in the country, according to AAPI Data. Currently, there are an estimated 1.7 million undocumented Asian Americans living in the U.S., roughly 15% of the total undocumented population.
With ICE raids scheduled to take place in about two weeks if Republicans and Democrats fail to reach a consensus on how to manage the number of people at the U.S. southern border, tensions remain high among Asian immigrants.
“The immigration enforcement is not just about the Southern Border but also about the deep impact it’s having on Asian communities,” Jo-Ann Yoo, executive director of the New York City-based social services nonprofit Asian American Federation (AAF), told HuffPost in an email. “We know the faces and stories of those who live under deportation orders, many who are working through the legal system to seek recourse from being separated from their families.”