U.S. President Joe Biden signed a series of administrative measures around racial equality policy on the 26th local time. He denounced racism and xenophobic sentiments, including the discrimination and Prejudice suffered by Asian Americans during the new crown pandemic;.
On the same day, Biden publicly signed a number of executive orders involving housing, prison reform and Aboriginal people in the White House, including a memorandum on condemning and combating racial discrimination and xenophobic mentality against Asian Americans and people in Pacific island countries.
Biden said at the signing ceremony, “we have never really achieved the founding principle of this country, that is, all men are created equal and have the right to be treated equally all their lives.”. ”
He added: “it’s time to take action, not only because it’s the right thing to do, but also because if we do, all of us will benefit from it. ”
Biden affirmed the contribution of Asia-Pacific people in the executive order, “ during the COVID-19 period and throughout history, Asia-Pacific people have made our country safer. It is estimated that 2 million people of Asian and Pacific descent have played important roles as medical personnel, emergency personnel and others in this crisis. ”
Biden will ask the Department of justice to help collect more accurate data and report incidents of hatred and harassment against Asian Americans, US media reported. The advocacy group “Asian for justice” reported that there were about 2600 self-reported hate incidents during the pandemic, ranging from verbal insults to physical violence.
On the other hand, Biden will also order the establishment of a police law enforcement Committee, which is partly a response to the case of Minnesota man Floyd being killed by the police on his knees.
In addition, Biden will call for improved prison conditions and empower the Department of housing and urban development to promote fair housing policies.