Nearly 100 lawmakers want DOJ to investigate Asian racial profiling


According to a letter shared with Axios, nearly 100 members of parliament urged Attorney General Merrick Garland to investigate allegations of Asian racial profiling in the Department of Justice.

Important reason: The case of scientist Ammin Fu, who was unfoundedly targeted in an espionage investigation,New scrutiny of the Justice Ministry After admitting that FBI agents mistakenly involved Chinese Canadians.

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  • The bicameral coalition, led by Congressman Ted Lieu (D-Calif), delivered a letter to Garland on Thursday.

What they are saying: “Over the years, several Asians happened to be falsely accused of espionage by the Justice Department,” the letter said, citing Hu, Wen Ho Lee, Sherry Chen and Xiao Sing Shi. I’m quoting.

  • “The thread common to all of these cases was the defendant with the Asian name, an upside-down innocent life.”

  • Legislators are calling for an investigation into DOJ’s activities, especially the Chinese initiative, a program initiated under President Donald Trump in an attempt to steal the intellectual property of the Chinese government.

  • They also sought up-to-date information on the agency’s implicit bias training mandated in 2016 after the Justice Department withdrew some allegations of espionage against Asian researchers.

“This is beyond power And it’s both Democratic and Republican governments, and they make the same mistakes over and over again, “Lu told Axios.

  • It’s not limited to the Justice Department, he said. “Illegal” Commerce Department It relied on race-based research.

  • “I urge all cabinet secretaries to look at their institution and understand if they need to be trained for their staff.”

Notable: At a roundtable conference hosted by Congressman Judy Chu (D-Calif.) And Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) Last month, Chen and Sea Emotional testimony About the anxiety and confusion caused by the actions of the Justice Ministry.

  • Last week, the Ministry of Justice Removed individual cases To five Chinese researchers accused of hiding their relationship with the Chinese military.

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