WASHINGTON – Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) Chair Rep. Judy Chu (D-Pasadena) on Nov. 23 sent a letter to President-elect Donald Trump, requesting a meeting to discuss pertinent issues that affect the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.
Chu released the following statement: “The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus was established over two decades ago to address the needs and priorities of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, no matter the president or party in power. And as the fastest-growing racial demographic in the nation, it is critical now more than ever that the voices of AAPIs are represented in national debates on everything from immigration and education to economic development and civil rights.
“That is why I’ve sent a letter to President-elect Trump requesting a meeting to discuss pressing issues important to our communities. I believe that there are common areas where we can work together for the benefit of all. And where we do disagree, open communication and a positive relationship can promote solutions and civility.
“It is our hope that President-elect Trump will accept our invitation to meet, and that he will continue our work to give AAPIs a seat at the decision-making table in the years to come.”
The letter reads, in part: “According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Asian Americans are now the fastest-growing racial population in the country and account for over 19 million Americans. In addition, more immigrants now come from the Asia-Pacific region than from anywhere else in the world.
“Since 1994, CAPAC has served as the leading voice for the Asian American and Pacific Islander community at the federal level. Our caucus is currently composed of 50 members of Congress, including members of Asian or Pacific Islander descent, representatives from the U.S. territories, and members who represent large AAPI constituencies. Together, CAPAC works to establish legislation and policies that address the needs of the AAPI community and works to advance the civil and constitutional rights of all Americans.
“CAPAC has been proud to work with prior Republican and Democratic administrations on significant accomplishments that are vital to both our community and our country, and we look forward to sitting down with you before the end of this year to discuss these priorities.”