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Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Michelle Steel and Katie Porter call for speedier investigations with Asian hate crimes rising

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Resolutions condemning acts of hate against Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders have been introduced in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, calling for a thorough and swift investigation into the increasing number of hate crimes.

Orange County Representatives Michelle Steel (R-Seal Beach), Katie Porter (D-Irvine), and U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) introduced the bipartisan congressional resolution in both chambers. The resolution acknowledges that between March 19, 2020, and March 31, 2022, over 11,450 reported hate crimes were committed against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States, with the primary cause of victimization being the victims’ race and skin color.

“We must stand strong alongside our neighbors and friends in the face of evil. Only by working together can we put an end to the discrimination and hatred experienced by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Southern California and across the country,” said Steel.

The proposal specifically mentions the names of Xiaojie Tan, Daoyou Feng, Soon Chung Park, Hyun Jung Grant, Suncha Kim, and Yong Ae Yue, all victims of the Atlanta spa shooting two years ago. Additionally, last year’s Laguna Woods church shooting was cited as an example of a hate crime.

The resolution also urges law enforcement agencies at all levels to ensure that hate crimes are fully reported and investigated, and that all perpetrators are brought to justice.

“In May, we celebrate the remarkable contributions of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders, but we must also acknowledge the ongoing challenges faced by these communities,” said Porter. “Every individual deserves to be treated with dignity and respect, and they have the right to live free from hate and discrimination.”

BY INSEONG CHOI [support@koreadaily.com]