CAPAC Members Release Statements on U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Subcommittee Hearing on Racial Profiling

Nov 4, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Judy Chu, Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) and Congressman Bobby Scott, CAPAC Civil Rights Taskforce Chair, released the following statements in response to the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security hearing on racial profiling, entitled “21st Century Law Enforcement: How Smart Policing Targets Criminal Behavior.”

“As the Chair of CAPAC, I am glad that we have the opportunity to discuss racial profiling in the House Judiciary Committee.  Asian Pacific Americans, like other minority communities, have felt the significant effects of it from the Chinese Exclusion Act to the Japanese Internment to post 9/11 racial profiling of Muslims, Arabs, South Asians and Sikh Americans.  Racial profiling is a hurtful, ineffective and destructive law enforcement method and it effects us all,” said Congresswoman Judy Chu.

CAPAC Civil Rights Task Force Chair Congressman Bobby Scott said, “This hearing is another step in creating a record to rebuild the bipartisan legislative coalition, spearheaded by Congressman John Conyers and supported by President Bush and Attorney General Ashcroft, to pass federal legislation dealing with the issue of racial profiling.  I commend Chairman Smith for holding this hearing.”

 

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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.