Two-thirds of President Trump’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) called it quits on Wednesday.
In a signed letter to President Trump, ten members of the AAPI resigned from their posts because they disapprove of the president’s “portrayal of immigrants, refugees, people of color and people of various faiths as untrustworthy, threatening, and a drain on our nation.”
They claim Trump’s policies are against the commission’s principles.
Specifically, the ten members cite their concerns about Trump’s actions to slash federal resources to sanctuary cities, repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, and barring entry to refugees from seven predominantly-Muslim countries.
Maulik Pancholy, an actor on the commission who quit, described his resignation to NBC News as an “emotional and difficult” decision:
“The choice to stay on under the new administration was with the hopes that I would have a seat at the table to be able to bring up the issues that are important to our community, based on the work that’s happened over many years under this commission. It became very clear to me in the last month-and-a-half that that voice at the table wasn’t going to be able to be effective inside the administration the way that I hoped it would be.”
Other members who signed off this week include Tung Thanh Nguyen, a professor of medicine at San Francisco’s University of California; and Mary Okada, president and CEO of Guam Community College.
Nguyen released his own statement about quitting AAPI, after serving on the commission for six years:
“AAPIs cannot participate in this. Even if the actions [of the Trump administration] may not be specifically directed at one AAPI group or another, we have suffered this kind of discriminatory, exclusionary actions, and we do not want to support any of that.”
H/T: NBC News
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