April 19, 2021

Senators Introduce Resolution Condemning Hate Crimes Targeting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) joined a coalition of Senators in introducing a resolution condemning a spike in hate crimes targeting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI).  Crapo first spoke out against the recent horrific attacks on March 19

“The attacks over the last few months on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are horrific and reprehensible,” Crapo said.  “Idaho is home to the Minidoka National Historic site, one of the former World War II Japanese internment camps, and is a local and present reminder of injustices against other fellow Americans of Asian descent in the past.  Those wrongs can never be repeated, and I condemn the recent hate crimes in the strongest terms.” 

The resolution:

  • Affirms that the United States condemns crimes and expressions of racism and hate against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders;
  • Calls on the Senate Judiciary Committee to convene a hearing on the surge in violence against the AAPI community and applauds the Department of Justice for conducting a 30-day review to identify how best to track and combat violence; and
  • Outlines data on a dramatic rise in hate crimes and violence against the AAPI community following the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The resolution is endorsed by the Korean American Grass Roots Conference and Korean Americans for Political Action. 

The resolution, led by U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), is also co-sponsored by U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-Texas), John Kennedy (R-Louisiana), Thom Tillis (R-North Carolina), Rick Scott (R-Florida), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Tim Scott (R-South Carolina), Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Jerry Moran (R-Kansas) Todd Young (R-Indiana), Bill Cassidy (R-Louisiana), Deb Fischer (R-Nebraska), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Kevin Cramer (R-North Dakota) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho). 

Text of the resolution is available HERE.  A similar resolution was introduced in the House, with bipartisan support.