CAPAC Meets with Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer

May 3, 2017 Issues: Civil Rights, Healthcare, Immigration

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) met with Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer to discuss a number of important issues impacting the Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander community. These topics included immigration and the Muslim ban, racial and religious profiling, healthcare, and issues impacting the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander community. CAPAC Members released the following statements following the meeting:

Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27), CAPAC Chair:

“Today’s meeting with Leader Schumer was a productive first step in ensuring that critical issues affecting Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders across the country are addressed in both chambers of the United States Congress. As the fastest growing racial group in the United States, our over 21 million strong population is directly impacted by the legislation and policies implemented at the federal level.

“With a historic high of three Asian Americans in the U.S. Senate, and 15 Asian Pacific American Members in the U.S. House of Representatives, we have the coalition to advocate for our communities on a wide range of issues – from speaking out against President Trump’s discriminatory policies targeting immigrants, Muslims, and refugees to protecting funding for critical Native Hawaiian programs and ensuring that all Americans have access to quality, affordable healthcare.

“I want to thank Leader Schumer for his strong commitment to CAPAC and the broader Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander community. We look forward to working together to advance opportunities for our communities and to ensure that America continues to remain the land of opportunity for all.”

Senator Tammy Duckworth (IL):

“I was encouraged by the dialogue that CAPAC had with Leader Schumer regarding issues that impact the AAPI community, including civil rights, immigration and hate crimes. At a time when there is a national debate surrounding these issues, the AAPI community's contributions are critical.”

Senator Mazie K. Hirono (HI):

“Mahalo to our Democratic Leader, Senator Schumer, for reiterating his commitment to the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. Working together, we will continue to fight the Trump Administration’s and Congressional Republicans’ policies that would hurt AAPI families.”

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The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) is comprised of Members of Congress of Asian and Pacific Islander descent and Members who have a strong dedication to promoting the well-being of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Currently chaired by Congresswoman Judy Chu, CAPAC has been addressing the needs of the AAPI community in all areas of American life since it was founded in 1994.