FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
APAICS Condemns Anti-Muslim Hate
Washington, DC – February 9, 2016 – The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) strongly condemns all forms of anti-Muslim hate, bigotry, and xenophobia. We stand in solidarity with Muslim, Sikh, Arab and South Asian American communities who continue to be a target of xenophobic rhetoric in the 2016 election cycle.
Throughout history, the Asian American and Pacific Islander community has been a target of xenophobic rhetoric leading to discriminatory and unjust laws in our country. Hateful speech and bigotry led to the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, the first ever Act to prohibit the immigration of a specific ethnic group to the United States. In 1941, Executive Order 9066 ordered for the unconstitutional mass incarceration of over 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II for fear of espionage and treason against the government. The U.S. government would later reveal through a congressionally appointed Commission that racial bigotry, incompetent political leadership and wartime hysteria allowed this unconstitutional, unjust and discriminatory law.
Political leadership and policy makers must understand the implications and real dangers of allowing hateful speech to infiltrate the foundation and values of what America stands for. APAICS believes in having political leadership that reflects the diversity of our country and fully supports the elimination of anti-Muslim hate and xenophobic rhetoric.