‘It’s time for Trump to take steps to end hate crimes’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 Apr 2017 09:11:45

“There are various reasons for increase in hate crimes, but, I have not seen any measures being taken by President Donald Trump,” said 

Indian-origin Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi

CONGRESSMAN Raja Krishnamoorthi has asked the Trump administration to take “decisive steps” to end bigotry and hate crimes towards Indian-Americans and other religious minorities in the country.

“There are various reasons (for increase in hate crimes), but one is certainly there’s been a rise in divisive rhetoric starting with the top,” Krishnamoorthi, the Indian-origin Congressman from Illinois said. Krishnamoorthi, who has initiated steps to galvanise his Congressional colleagues on the issue, said that there has been a number of issues taken on the immigration front, which really contributes to the divisive atmosphere in this country.

“Starting with the immigration executive order dated January 27, which targeted American legal permanent residents, also known as Green Card holders. But we’ve now seen a number of steps taken by the White House on a number of fronts, which have sown confusion, concern, and fear among Indian-Americans and others,” Krishnamoorthi told PTI.

The first-time Congressman said, he has not seen any measures being taken by President Donald Trump. “Not so far, but I’m heartened that at least Secretary (of Homeland Security John) Kelly was willing to meet with me and others to discuss this issue and to recognise that there has been an increase in hate crimes and that we need to do something about it,” he said.

“But now is the time to act. We can’t just have a nice talk. It’s time for the authorities at the very top of our Government to take decisive steps to end the state of bigotry and prejudice that’s being directed toward Indian-Americans, Jews, Latinos, Muslims, and others because at the end of the day, we have to come together as a country to confront the various challenges that we have on the landscape, primarily economic,” Krishnamoorthi said.

One thing that Trump administration can do is that they can make sure that there continues to be the registry of where are attacks happening and against who, and those responsible for it are prosecuted.