Lawmakers push hate crime bill in response to anti-Asian incidents

Briana Vannozzi, Anchor | April 14, 2021 | Social

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are preparing to vote on legislation aimed at combating the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes. Democrats are calling on their Republican colleagues to help swiftly pass the bill.

The COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act would instruct the Justice Department to expedite a review on the recent surge in anti-Asian bias incidents brought on by the pandemic. It would also equip law enforcement with better ways to deal with the rise by easing the reporting process and including a wider range of incidents.

At a press conference Tuesday, Asian American and Pacific Islander Congress members, including New Jersey’s Andy Kim (D-3rd), shared their own experiences with racism.

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