Sacramento, CA – Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA) joins Committee of 100 (C-100), Chinese American for Affirmative Action (CAA), Chinese American Citizens Alliance, Los Angeles (CACA), United Chinese Americans (UCA), Asian Pacific American Advocates (OCA), National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA), and other major AAPI organizations in applauding President Joe Biden for signing an Executive Order to phase out private prisons, and three Presidential Memorandums to address discriminatory housing practices, strengthening relationships with Native American communities, and racism and hate crimes directed at Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders due to the pandemic.
“Today, I’m directing federal agencies to combat the resurgence of xenophobia, particularly against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, that we’ve seen skyrocket during this pandemic. This is unacceptable and it’s un-American,” Biden said in remarks at the White House. “I’ve asked the Department of Justice to strengthen its partnership with the Asian American Pacific Islander community to prevent those hate crimes.”
This is certainly a great first step forward in healing racial tensions and erasing social injustices and inequalities. APAPA and fellow AAPI organizations are certainly looking forward to assisting and cooperating with the Biden administration to achieve these and other similar goals.
In addition to the aforementioned Executive Orders, APAPA also applauds President Biden’s proclamation to overturn the Muslim Ban (Executive Order 13769) that was invoked in 2017 by the previous administration. The ban restricted travel from countries with majority Muslim and African populations such as Syria, Yemen, Libya, Iraq, and Sudan.
APAPA agrees with President Biden that this discriminatory restriction was a stain on America’s national conscience. Tens of thousands of Muslim, African and Arab American families will now be able to reunite with their families and this signals a new direction on immigration and policy that will hopefully have a positive effect on all new immigrant families in the U.S. today.