Report Finds Undocumented Immigrants Annually Pay $11.74 Billion in Taxes

A newly updated report released today provides data that helps dispute the erroneous idea espoused during President Trump’s address to Congress that undocumented immigrants are a drain to taxpayers. In fact, like all others living and working in the United States, undocumented immigrants are taxpayers too and collectively contribute an estimated $11.74 billion to state and local coffers each year via a combination of sales and excise, personal income, and property taxes, according to Undocumented Immigrants’ State and Local Tax Contributions by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy.

  • Comprehensive Immigration Reform would increase these tax revenues by $2.1 billion per year.
  • Unauthorized immigrants pay an average of 8% of their incomes in state and local taxes. By contrast, the top 1% of U.S. citizen earners only pay 5.4% of their income.

(3/4/17) Self Care Saturday

Self Care Saturday

You are cordially invited to join our weekly Self Care Saturday program. We will gather together to meditate, reflect, and discuss about our shared concerns. The program also includes monthly book club meetings and volunteer opportunities. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

LA Daily News: LA activists unite with the Muslim community against refugee ban

This was one of more than two dozen gatherings taking place throughout the country in which advocacy groups of many stripes, and not just from the Muslim community, can say they will also work to defeat Trump’s immigration policies, said Polo Morales, political director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles.

Koreatown resident Yong Ho Kim said he joined the rally to show his support for Muslim immigrants. Trump’s executive order is “an attack on immigrants” that will impact “all of the communities,” the 34-year-old said, adding that the policies need to be rescinded “if people in the United States believe that the Constitution is something that you need to follow through on, and is part of our core values.” Kim works at the Korean Resource Center, which he explained has its “roots in the refugee community.” The founder of the organization fled South Korea due to political persecution, and was granted asylum in the United States, he said.

Reuters: U.S. tech leads nearly 100 companies in legal brief against Trump travel ban

Nearly 100 companies, including some of high-tech's biggest names, joined a legal brief opposing President Donald Trump's temporary travel ban, arguing that it would give companies incentives to move jobs outside the United States. The companies - including Apple Inc (AAPL.O), Google Inc(GOOGL.O) and Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) - banded together late on Sunday to file a "friend-of-the-court" brief with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco arguing that the ban "inflicts significant harm on American business." Trump's Jan. 27 executive order temporarily barred entry into the United States of people from seven Muslim-majority nations as well as suspending the U.S. refugee program, sparking protests and chaos at U.S. and overseas airports.

(2/4/17) Self Care Saturday

This Saturday, we will continue Self Care Saturday program and gather together to meditate, reflect, and discuss about our shared concerns. We will also announce the first book for our book club, "Joy on Demand" by Chade-Meng Tan. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

(1/28/17) Self Care Saturday

Starting this week, we are inviting community members to join our Self Care Saturday program. We will gather together to meditate, reflect, and discuss about our shared concerns. The program also includes monthly book club meetings and volunteering opportunities. Light snacks and tea will be provided.

Immigration Town Hall

KRC, APABA and KABA will host an Immigration Town Hall for the Asian American and Pacific Islander community in Koreatown. Important information for immigrants and free one-on-one consultation with an immigration attorney will be provided.

  • WHEN:    January 25, 2017 @ 6:30 PM
  • WHERE:    Trinity Central Lutheran Church, 987 S. Gramercy Pl., LA, 90019 
  • WHO:        Korean Resource Center, Asian Pacific American Bar Associationm, Korean Bar Association 

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Immigrant Rights Program

The Korean American community faced tremendous challenges and difficulties in the early 1990s. They included the Los Angeles Civil Unrest of 1992, Proposition 187 in 1994, and in1996, the repeal of affirmative action as well as the signing of the welfare and immigration reform laws. These new laws and policies had a profound impact on Korean Americans, immigrants and ethnic minorities. It led to the unprecedented efforts to educate and mobilize Korean Americans towards the goal of defending and advancing immigrant rights.

Rally and March - California: Fearless, United!

Join us this Sunday, December 18, as we march and rally in downtown Los Angeles to celebrate diversity, reaffirm the state's welcoming stance, and call for respect for constitutional rights for all. This is a pro-immigrant, pro-diversity, and pro-California march in response to the anti-Muslim hate crimes and anti-immigrant rhetoric held by the election of President-elect Trump. This is a march organized by a very diverse group of organizations, including KRC, and at this International Migrants Day, Californians will gather to send a message of unity and pride. The march departs from Pershing Square on W. 5th Street and S. Olive Street and concludes with a rally at Grand Park in front of City Hall. If you would like to carpool with KRC, email Jinkyung Park at jinkyung [at] Please invite your friends and family to join the rally!