Asian American Consortium Criticizes Chao for Standing by Trump

The National Korean American Service and Education Consortium is spearheading a petition that criticizes Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao for standing by Donald Trump as he blamed both sides for the terrorist attack in Charlottesville, VA. “As Asian Americans, we call on Secretary Elaine Chao, an immigrant from Taiwan and woman of color, to be silent no more and stand by us as we fight to protect the [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals] and [Temporary Protected Status] programs,” reads the petition. But a number of other groups -- including the International Leadership Foundation and Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs -- defend Chao’s record on immigration issues and expressed their “complete and unequivocal support” for her. “We proudly support Secretary Chao because she has always supported us and, through the years, served as a role model to all communities of color both here and throughout the world,” the group said in a statement. More here from the Hill.

Brenda Arredondo