Kim, Steel Support Bill Bipartisan to Combat Anti-AAPI Hate Crimes
WASHINGTON – Representatives Young Kim and Michelle Steel, both Orange County Republicans who are among the first Korean American women to sit in Congress, joined their colleagues on May 18 to oust COVID-19 hate crimes from the House bipartisan and amended by the Senate Act (S.937).
Kim has been a strong voice for the AAPI community in Congress, testifying before the House Judiciary Committee in March and urging bipartisan action to tackle hate crimes targeting the AAPI community in an editorial for USA today.
“While the hatred and prejudice targeting the Asian-American Pacific Island community is not new, there is no doubt that it has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, with nearly 4,000 hate crimes reported across the country. the country over the past year and many particularly targeting seniors, ”Kim said.
“Hatred targeting an American should not be tolerated. I am proud to join my colleagues in taking a bipartisan stand against these hate crimes that target many of my constituents and others across the country. While this is a step in the right direction, there is still work to be done as a country to come together as Americans. I will always be at the side of my AAPI community. “
“It is heartbreaking to read the reports on these crimes, and my heart goes out to all who have been the victims of this violence,” Steel said. “I have personally experienced this type of discrimination and racism. I have been called racist slurs and treated differently because I am of Asian descent. As a proud American, and someone who loves this country deeply, I take this rise in violence against our community very seriously.
In February, Steel introduced a resolution with Rep. Katie Porter (D-Irvine) condemning hate crimes committed against the AAPI community. This resolution currently has 19 co-sponsors and is the only bipartisan legislation of its kind in the House.
“I am proud to be here today to condemn these acts of violence and support my community,” Steel said. “While I disagree with my fellow Democrats on many points, this is an area where we can find common ground. This is what bipartisanship is – to disagree with someone but find issues where there is an opportunity to work together for the good of the country. I will continue to work on behalf of our AAPI community in Congress and condemn hatred in all its forms because it is not a partisan issue.
The Senate-amended COVID-19 hate crimes law will help federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies deal with hate crime reports and expand resources to report these crimes. Biparty law was passed by the Senate 94-1 and was promulgated by the president. Biden on May 20.
Kim represents the 39e Congressional District, which covers parts of Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino counties and includes Fullerton, La Habra, La Habra Heights, Brea, Buena Park, Anaheim Hills, Placentia, Yorba Linda, Diamond Bar, Chino Hills, Hacienda Heights and Rowland Heights.
The steel represents the 48e Congressional District, which is based in Orange County and includes Costa Mesa, Emerald Bay, Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach, Laguna Niguel, Newport Beach, Seal Beach, Surfside and parts of Garden Grove, Midway City, Aliso Viejo, Santa Ana and Westminster.