Xinhua News Agency, Washington, May 28 (Reporter Deng Xianlai and Xu Jianmei) U.S. President Biden signed an executive order on the 28th to establish an interagency government working group for the “White House Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Initiative”. At the federal level, the rights of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders are further protected.
According to a statement issued by the White House, this interagency government working group aims to coordinate the federal government’s response to the surge in anti-Asian prejudice and violence; address the federal government’s “serious lack” with Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islands Issues related to categorized data of residents; expand language assistance programs for related ethnic groups; enhance the economic security of related ethnic groups, increase employment opportunities for them, and improve the employment environment; enhance the citizen participation of related ethnic groups, including participation in elections, etc. .
The statement said that the agency will be led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, with Native Hawaiian Kristel as the agency's executive director.
The interdepartmental government working group established on the 28th was born out of a similar institution established by then-U.S. President Clinton in 1999. It was called the "White House Asian Americans and Pacific Island Residents Initiative" at the time. Successive governments have conducted this institution. reform.
The executive order also reorganized the Presidential Advisory Committee for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders.
The committee aims to provide advice to the president and help the federal government coordinate the private sector and non-profit organizations to advance relevant ethnic affairs.
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