Rep. Cisneros Introduces Resolution Denouncing Anti-Asian Sentiment Caused by Coronavirus

March 25, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Representative Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39) joined Representative Grace Meng (NY-6) in introducing a resolution that denounces the anti-Asian sentiment caused by the outbreak of the coronavirus. Rep. Cisneros is an original cosponsor of the resolution. The text of the resolution can be viewed here.

“Since the coronavirus crisis started, there have been too many headlines and stories about the dramatic rise in anti-Asian sentiment throughout the country. In the midst of this public health crisis, the Asian American Pacific Islander community has experienced an increased amount of physical assault, discrimination, and harassment. In California’s 39th District, I’ve heard directly from AAPI restaurants and grocery stores about the drop in business amid COVID-19.

“Referring to the coronavirus as the ‘Chinese Virus’ or the ‘Wuhan Virus’ creates a stigma toward the Asian American community. The words we use matter. The CDC Director and the World Health Organization both agree and have condemned calling the virus anything other than its scientific name. The coronavirus does not discriminate based on where you’re from, how much money you have, or what political party you identify with. It’s why it doesn’t matter if you’re a Democrat or Republican, we must all call out xenophobic and racist language wherever it exists in our society. I join my House colleagues in supporting the resolution denouncing the anti-Asian sentiment caused by the coronavirus.”

On March 10, Rep. Cisneros condemned Republican House Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) and Rep. Paul Gosar (AZ-4) for spreading xenophobic language and endangering Asian Americans.

Rep. Cisneros is an executive board member of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus.