Asia Abridged Podcast: Hearing From America's Undocumented Asians

Undocumented Asian Immigrants Protest

Protesters shout slogans against US President Donald Trump during a demonstration in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), also known as Dream Act, near the Trump Tower in New York on October 5, 2017. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

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Though Hispanics have historically been America’s largest immigrant group, Asians are quickly catching up: No immigrant population grew faster between 2000 and 2015. According to Pew Research, by 2055 Asians are projected to become the largest immigrant group in the country. Despite this, Asian immigrant voices are still underrepresented in conversations about American immigration policy.

On this episode of Asia Abridged, we hear from two undocumented Asian immigrants — Antonio Xu Liu and Tereza Lee, who was the original inspiration for the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act. The two spoke at Asia Society New York in May about how legislation like the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and the DREAM Act have impacted their lives.

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Michelle FlorCruz is a Content Producer at Asia Society. She was previously a reporter for, focusing on stories relating to business and culture in China and other areas of Asia.