The New York Times/ Catie Edmondson and Jim Tankersley/ May 20, 2021
WASHINGTON â€” President Biden on Thursday signed a bill meant to address a proliferation of assaults and other violent crimes against Asian-Americans since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, celebrating a rare moment of overwhelming bipartisanship but warning that Americans must do more to combat hate crimes.
The bill amounts to the first legislative action that Congress has taken to bolster law enforcementâ€™s response toÂ attacks on people of Asian descent during the pandemic. ExpertsÂ testified before a key House panelÂ in March that the attacks â€” many targeting women or older people â€” have increased nearly 150 percent in the past year, with Americans of Asian descent reporting being spat on, shoved to the ground, beaten and burned by chemicals.
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