Yesterday, myself and several of my fellow Commissioners resigned from our posts on the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. We were appointed by President Barack Obama to better the lives of all Americans, including Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, by increasing their access to the federal government. These appointments were to go through September 2017.
I had sincerely hoped that by staying on we would have a voice at the table to raise the real concerns of our communities, but the current Administration has ignored our requests to meet, and in fact has denigrated immigrants, refugees, people of color and people of various faiths as untrustworthy, threatening, and a drain on our nation. The proposals to cut federal resources to sanctuary cities, repealing the Affordable Care Act, and banning refugees and travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries goes against our principles.
I spent much of my time on the Commission working on helping young people deal with issues around bullying, offering resources from the Federal Government as a way to help. I can no longer in good conscience, for example, tell a young Muslim-American being bullied at school to turn to the Trump Administration for help. So, now, I resist.
We all pledge to continue to fight for our communities.
Please read our detailed letter to the Administration in this NBC News NBC Asian America piece.