USPAACC Statement on United States Senate Passage of COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act

Since 1984, USPAACC has been advocating for equal opportunity and fair treatment for Pan Asian American businesses in words and deeds. We welcome the passage with broad bipartisan support of the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act by the Senate and joins Senator Mazie K. Hirono from Hawaii, Representative Grace Meng (D-NY) and Representative Young Kim (R-CA) in calling for swift consideration of the bill by the House of Representatives so President Joe Biden can sign the bill into law and the Department of Justice can expedite its review of hate crimes.

The resounding 94-1 vote in the Senate in favor of the bill aimed at combating the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes, reflects a clear national consensus in support for the need to equip law enforcement and communities to better deal with hate crimes against Asian American and Pacific Islanders.

Most significant, it demonstrates that notwithstanding the current political divisions in the country, Americans are coming together and sending a clear message that they would not tolerate anti-Asian bigotry and would punish to the fullest extent of the law those who perpetrate it, that hate crimes and violence against Asian Americans is directed against all Americans.

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