Deepa Iyer is a South Asian-American writer and lawyer. She covers issues of race, law and policy, and Muslim, Arab and South Asian communities for Colorlines. Iyer's writing has appeared in The Nation, The New York Times, The Guardian, Al-Jazeera America, and Huffington Post. Her first book, "We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim and Sikh Immigrants Shape Our Multiracial Future" (The New Press 2015), received a 2016 American Book Award and was selected as a top 10 multicultural non-fiction books of 2015. Iyer served as executive director of South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) for a decade and previously worked at the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center and the Asian American Justice Center. She is currently a senior fellow at the Center for Social Inclusion. Iyer immigrated to Kentucky from Kerala when she was 12. She lives in the Washington D.C. area.
In response to President Trump toying with the idea of a Muslim registry, Bay Area groups pushed for the ordinance to block city from creating or implementing a a database based on religion, national origin or ethnicity.
The Trump Administration's new executive order removes Iraq from the list of Muslim-majority countries and exempts legal permanent residents from the ban on travel. Activists say the new order still discriminates on the basis of faith and national origin.
In his first joint Congressional address, President Trump advocated for an immigration system that would prioritize high-skilled and educated workers. But that system would stack the deck in favor of young men, penalize women who do domestic work, and unravel the fabric of family-based immigration.
Agriculture and construction, the two industries that rely most heavily on undocumented workers, may face labor shortages, increased production costs and profit losses as a result of the Trump Administration's aggressive immigration policy.
Often called the "bathroom guidance," the Obama directive went much further to protect transgender students in public schools. Claiming that states and local school districts should shape their own policies, the Trump Administration has revoked it.
As the Ninth Circuit continues the nationwide stay of the executive order targeting people from seven Muslim-majority countries and refugees, the federal government conducts immigration sweeps in Southern California.
In the 48 hours after President Trump announced bars on entry from seven Muslim-majority countries and a revamping of the refugee admissions process, visa- and green-card holders were detained, federal judges issued stays and America's airports became sites of resistance.
Even though our Muslim-, South Asian- and Arab-American communities have been confronting and surviving backlash and criminalization in the 15 years since 9/11, our lives, identities and futures are at stake like never before.