CONGRESSMAN LIEU LEADS LETTER TO ATTORNEY GENERAL REQUESTING INVESTIGATION INTO WRONGFUL INDICTMENTS AGAINST ASIAN AMERICANS FOR ALLEGED ESPIONAGE

November 5, 2015
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WASHINGTON - In response to the cases of Sherry ChenProfessor Xi Xiaoxing and other similar cases, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) has sent a letter to Attorney General of the United States Loretta Lynch requesting that the Department of Justice (DOJ) open a full investigation into whether race, ethnicity or national origin played a part in recent instances where Asian Americans have been wrongfully arrested and indicted for alleged espionage only to have those charges later dropped. 

Specifically, Congressman Lieu, co-leads Congresswoman Judy Chu and Congressman Keith Ellison, and their Congressional colleagues are requesting that DOJ address why there appears to be an ongoing pattern and practice of people of color being singled out by federal law enforcement and prosecutors. 

The letter is co-signed by the Chair and Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus, the Chairs of the Progressive Caucus, the Chairs of the Asian Pacific American Caucus, the Chair of the Hispanic Caucus, the Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and 33 other members of the House.

In the letter, Mr. Lieu and his Congressional colleagues write:

We, therefore, reiterate the request for a full investigation by the DOJ into the cases of Ms. Chen, Dr. Xi, and other similar cases regarding whether race or ethnicity played a role.  We also request that the DOJ conduct a full investigation regarding why it appears there is a pattern and practice of minorities being singled out for arrest and indictment by federal officials.   We look forward to working with you to address these concerns and reassure the American public that our government is adequately protecting the civil rights of all Americans.”

 

The full text of the letter can be found here.

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