‘Hatred has no place in America’: President Biden to sign Asian anti-hate crime bill

‘Hatred has no place in America’: President Biden to sign Asian anti-hate crime bill

Washington: US President Joe Biden has announced that he will sign the COVID-19 Hate Crime Act on Thursday, paving the way for legislation to prevent hate crimes against Asian Americans, which have been in place since the onset of the coronovirus epidemic. is.
Biden announced his decision on a Twitter post, saying that “there is no place of hate” in the country.
He tweeted, “There is no place of hate in America and I am eager to make it clear by signing the COVID-19 Hate Crime Act into law this afternoon.”
The legislation was introduced by New York’s Democratic-Representative Grace Meng and Hawaii’s Democratic Senator Maji Hirono.
The law aims to combat the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes in the midst of the COVID-19 epidemic. The US House of Representatives passed the bill on Tuesday with 364–62 votes.
Earlier, the bill was passed by the Senate by a heavy vote of 94-1 last month. As CNN reports, it would create a new position in the Department of Justice to expedite the review of potential Kovid-19-related hate crimes and reported incidents at the federal, state, or local level.
The bill’s passage comes less than two months after a gunman killed eight people at three Asian-owned spas in Greater Atlanta; Six of the victims were women of Asian descent. And on Wednesday, the House plans to pass a separate resolution condemning the March 16 massacre in Georgia, The Hill reported.
Democratic Representative Judy Chu said, “A year after the Asian American community cried for help, today Congress is taking historic action to pass a long-pending hate crime law and send the COVID-19 Hate Crime Act to President Biden’s desk.” Has been. ”
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said the bill is a “proof” that “the Senate can work to resolve important issues,” and will tell the elder “we’re going after you”.
Some Republicans were initially skeptical about legislation known as the Kovid-19 Hate Crime Act, but Maine GOP Sen. Susan Collins and others signed an agreement with Hirono to broaden its support.
Hirono said the passage of the bill “sends a clear and unmistakable message of solidarity” to the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.

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