WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 20, 2015) — Leaders of the Asian Pacific American communities will join Members of Congress to call for Attorney General Lynch to investigate and determine whether race and national origin were factors in the case of Sherry Chen, a Federal employee with the National Weather Service.
According to a press announcement from the office of U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu (CA-33). The statement added that community leaders and Members of Congress are seeking to understand whether there is any written or unwritten policy, program, pattern or practice of additional civil rights classifications such as religion and gender being used by Federal agencies in targeting Federal employees and contractors – or any American – for surveillance, arrest, security clearance denials or other adverse actions in the implementation of national security policies.
In addition to Lieu, the other leaders to appear at a Thursday press conference in Cannon Building Room 402, include U.S. Reps’ Judy Chu (CA-32), Mike Honda (CA-15), and Grace Meng (NY-6), and representatives from the Committee of 100, Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAAJ), OCA-Asian American Advocates, Chinese American Citizens Alliance (CACA), Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA), National Council of Chinese Americans (NCCA) and Peter Zeidenberg on behalf of Sherry Chen.
In October 2014, Sherry Chen, was publicly arrested at her workplace and charged with four felony charges, largely built on the suspicion that she had been working on behalf of the Chinese government to threaten U.S. infrastructure. Two months ago, less than one week before trial, the government dismissed all charges against Ms. Chen.
According to the press release, U.S. authorities increased their scrutiny of and cast an ever widening net over Chinese nationals in the U.S. and Chinese Americans, more innocent people like Sherry Chen have been caught in the middle of it, often without assurance of judicious and proper due process. There is good and credible evidence that our government, in many instances, has rushed to judgment conceivably in an atmosphere of paranoia and speculation. The Asian Pacific American community fully supports the prosecution of espionage and other illegal activities that threaten our national security, but the xenophobic profiling must stop.