Congress urges Americans to stand against anti-Asian attacks

Jessica Wong, of Fall River, Mass., front left, Jenny Chiang, of Medford, Mass., center, and Sheila Vo, of Boston, from the state’s Asian American Commission, stand together during a protest, Thursday, March 12, 2020, on the steps of the Statehouse in Boston. Asian American leaders in Massachusetts condemned what they say is racism, fear-mongering and misinformation aimed at Asian communities amid the widening coronavirus pandemic that originated in China. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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UPDATED 7:09 AM PT — Tuesday, March 31, 2020

House Democrats have joined President Trump in condemning attacks against Asian-Americans amid the coronavirus pandemic.

On Monday, the chairs of the Asian-Pacific American Caucus, the Congressional Black Caucus and the Hispanic Caucus all backed a resolution that calls on “all public officials to condemn and denounce any and all anti-Asian sentiment.” It also proposes the government document hate crime incidents connected with COVID-19.

“We’re asking all fair minded Americans to educate others to learn about this and share facts, and speak about the fact that this is a global pandemic that’s not related to ethnicity,” stated Rep. Judy chu, (D-Calif.), chairwoman for the Asian-Pacific American Caucus. “And also, if people see something then say something, say something to make sure that people stop it, that they stopped this kind of verbal harassment and in some cases physical harassment.”

A report from the Asian-Pacific Planning and Policy Council documented more than 650 direct reports of Asian discrimination since March 18, 2020.

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President Trump approves disaster declarations for Pa., R.I. as states struggle to stop spread of COVID-19

A federal medical station is set up at Temple University’s Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, Monday, March 30, 2020, to accommodate an influx in hospital patients due to the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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President Trump has approved major disaster declarations for Pennsylvania and Rhode Island as the states struggle to stop the spread of coronavirus. He approved the declarations Monday, which makes federal funding available at the state, county and local levels to help residents during the outbreak.

Officials have said the funding will go to local governments and non-profit organizations for emergency protective measures. This includes disaster unemployment assistance, crisis counseling, community disaster loans and much more.

Members of the Rhode Island National Guard look for passengers getting off a train from New York as it arrives Saturday, March 28, 2020, in Westerly, R.I. States are pulling back the welcome mat for travelers from the New York area, which is the epicenter of the country’s coronavirus outbreak, and some say at least one state’s measures are unconstitutional. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Meanwhile, New Jersey is experiencing a surge in coronavirus cases as the White House works to boost testing nationwide.

During a recent press conference, state Gov. Phil Murphy (D) said more than 3,300 infections were reported Monday. The new data brought the total number to 16,000. More than three dozen new deaths were also confirmed, which brought that total to nearly 200.

Gov. Murphy urged people to obey social distancing guideline to prevent the virus from spreading. A model constructed by state health officials has predicted the number of COVID-19 cases will double in the next week if people ignore warnings from experts.

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