Congressional Hispanic Caucus Endorses the Hate Crimes Commission Act of 2021
Washington, D.C. — The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) has endorsed the bipartisan Hate Crimes Commission Act of 2021, introduced by Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08). The bill is co-led by CHC Member Rep. Nydia Velázquez, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, Rep. Grace Meng, and Rep. Jeff Van Drew.
The Hate Crimes Commission Act of 2021 would launch a United States Commission on Hate Crimes composed of twelve people designated by Congress to investigate and produce recommendations on hate crimes-prevention techniques. The introduction of the legislation follows reports of record numbers of anti-Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) hate incidents across the country. Following the endorsement, CHC Chair Dr. Raul Ruiz released the statement below:
“The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) proudly endorses the Hate Crimes Commission Act of 2021,” said Chair Dr. Ruiz. “The alarming rise in attacks against Asian Americans is unconscionable and unacceptable. The establishment of a Hate Crimes Commission is necessary to devise solutions to curb the trend. I would like to thank Reps. Raja Krishnamoorthi, Hakeem Jeffries, Grace Meng, and Jeff Van Drew, and CHC Member Rep. Nydia Velázquez for their leadership in demanding immediate action to stem the tide of anti-Asian hate.”
Full text of the bill can be viewed HERE.
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), founded in December 1976, is organized as a Congressional Member organization, governed under the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives. The CHC is dedicated to voicing and advancing, through the legislative process, issues affecting Hispanics in the United States, Puerto Rico and U.S. Territories.