Dear President Donald Trump, Senators Tom Cotton and Marsha Blackburn, and Representative David Kustoff:
On behalf of OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates, and the undersigned organizations, we urge the President to rescind his divisive and discriminatory Presidential Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry as Nonimmigrants of Certain Students and Researchers from the People’s Republic of China, following the release of the SECURE CAMPUS Act. In the wake of rising hate incidents against Chinese Americans and other Asian Americans, language that fans the flames of xenophobia further endangers our communities. Although there are concerns about the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), this Proclamation assumes without evidence that all Chinese students coming to learn in the U.S. are spies, which is patently false. Many of these students go on to become Americans and are integral parts of our society. Further, this Proclamation provides cover for increased racial profiling, terminations, and investigations of Chinese Americans in academic settings. During this epidemic of hate, more than ever, it is destructive to vilify and scapegoat the people of an entire nation, as well as Chinese Americans who have origins there.
Read more here: https://bit.ly/securecampusletter
Find more background on the SECURE CAMPUS Act here: https://www.cotton.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=1371
Find more background on the Presidential Proclamation here: https://www.forbes.com/sites/stuartanderson/2020/06/01/inside-trumps-immigration-order-to-restrict-chinese-students/#505b567f3bec