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Rose Joins Bipartisan Call for Department of Justice Action on Anti-Asian Hate Crimes and Discrimination

Following increased discrimination and attacks against Asian American community, 150 Members of Congress call for Attorney General to ‘forcefully condemn anti-Asian bias’

Washington, July 23, 2020

Congressman Max Rose, who has strongly condemned discrimination against the Asian American community throughout the coronavirus pandemic, joined a bipartisan group of 150 Members of Congress in calling for the Attorney General to take action and publicly condemn discrimination and violence toward Asian Americans.


“The hate, violence, harassment and discrimination that has been hurled upon those in the Asian American community is gut-wrenching, horrible and wrong,” Rose said. “I hear from families and seniors that they’re afraid to leave their homes, business owners forced to shut down, and far too many who have been victim to street attacks, verbal assaults, or racist fliers. It has no place in our community and we all must stand strong in solidarity against it. I’m proud to see so many of my colleagues join together from both parties to strongly condemn these actions, now the Administration must join the chorus.”


Since the beginning of the crisis, there have been numerous reports of Asian Americans being threatened, harassed, or assaulted. As of June 3, the Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council reported 2,066 incidents of coronavirus-related discrimination. As a result, these communities, in addition to working to combat the coronavirus, are left fighting an additional front—that of hate and injustice.


“We write to draw particular attention to an increase in verbal and physical attacks as well as discrimination towards Asian Americans who have been wrongly blamed for the virus’ spread,” wrote Rose and the bipartisan Members of Congress in a letter to Attorney General William Barr. “We respectfully request that you publicly condemn acts of anti-Asian bias, and provide us with regular status updates regarding the steps the Department of Justice is taking and will take going forward to combat this behavior.”


Rose is a co-sponsor of the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, which was introduced by fellow New York City Congressmember Grace Meng. The legislation seeks to provide greater federal government oversight of COVID-19 hate crimes, and require the Department of Justice to provide Congress with regular updates on the status of reported bias incidents.


Last month, Rose and local elected officials from South Brooklyn hosted a roundtable with Chinese-American business owners and community leaders to discuss efforts to support small businesses and the community through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, including against rising xenophobia and discrimination.


Full text of letter HERE.