California Democratic Party Asian Pacific Islander Caucus State Chair Clark Lee released the following statement on the passage of Rep. Judy Chu’s House Resolution 683 expressing regret for the Chinese Exclusion Act and for decades of Congressional discrimination in the 19th and 20th centuries against Chinese Americans:
“The California Democratic Party Asian Pacific Islander Caucus proudly applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the historic House Resolution 683 today, expressing regret for the Chinese Exclusion Act and discriminatory laws against the Chinese Americans.
“For the first time in 130 years, Congress makes formal bipartisan expression of regret on six decades of legalized discrimination in the 19th and 20th centuries against Chinese Americans. This is a victory in our continued fight for civil rights and civil liberties for all Americans.
“We applaud and thank Rep. Judy Chu’s leadership and the hard work of many Members of Congress and community organizations in reaffirming America’s unwavering commitment for equality and justice for all people.”