For Immediate Release

Contact: Mon Yuck Yu, Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff

(646) 543-3018 | mon.yuck.yu@amphsonline.org

Brooklyn, NY (January 7, 2021) – Yesterday was a dark day for the United States. The violent occupation of the Capitol was a blatant assault on our democratic institutions and downright reprehensible, where a peaceful transfer of power after an election is the very essence of our democracy.

Yesterday’s events also further highlighted the stark difference in how people of color are policed in this country. This was an act of White Supremacy. When thousands of people of color and allies took to the streets last year to peacefully protest the murder of George Floyd and ongoing police brutality they were met by law enforcement with tear gas, violence, and arrests. But when thousands of mostly white protestors dissatisfied with the outcome of the election for their candidate violently threatened lawmakers convening to count presidential electoral votes, forcing our elected officials to shelter in place, crowds of law enforcement were notably absent and comparatively few arrests were made. In the United States we must reckon with this reality and continue to work to dismantle systemic racism and repair centuries of harm inflicted on communities of color.

Yet we also saw reason for renewed optimism this week. With the historic election of Raphael Warnock and John Ossof to the Senate, solidifying a Democratic Senate control of the House, the Biden administration will now be free to pursue a more expansive legislative agenda, including comprehensive immigration reform and more equitable COVID relief. The Biden administration has promised to send an immigration reform bill to the Senate that would create a path to citizenship for the estimated 10.5 million undocumented immigrants living in the US. A budget reconciliation bill could also increase economic relief, such as $2,000 stimulus checks. Additionally, for the first time in history, Georgia will be led by Black and Jewish senator — a product of years of Black-led organizing.

At AMPHS, we will work to hold the Biden-Harris administration accountable to its promises and continue to fight for the dignity and safety of all those in our community. We look forward to continuing to advocate for policies to reverse the federal administration’s anti-immigrant agenda and support a more just and equitable future for our most marginalized communities.

For more information about AMPHS and its services, please contact (212) 256-9036 or visit the AMPHS website at http://www.amphsonline.org.

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