CTM | AAPI Highlights 📰 Congress demands action against Asian racism | COVID-19 impacting Filipino Americans
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About 150 members of Congress called on the Justice Department to take action against COVID-19-related anti-Asian racism this week.
The bipartisan group, led by Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., demanded that Attorney General William Barr publicly condemn attacks targeting the Asian American and Pacific Islander community, as well as provide status updates on the steps the department is taking to combat acts of anti-Asian bias.
"We appreciate the op-ed the Department placed in the Washington Examiner generally stating that hate crimes will be investigated and prosecuted," the letter read, referring to an opinion piece written by Eric Drieband, the assistant attorney general for civil rights. "However, the dangers faced by the Asian American community today are very real and deserve a strong and specific response by our government."