Biden Pledges to ‘Step Up’ Enforcement of Hate Crimes After Anti-Asian Violence

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    President Joe Biden signed legislation Thursday to combat a sharp rise in anti-Asian hate crimes amid the coronavirus pandemic, hailing it as a rare moment of bipartisanship in Washington.

    “Every time we’re silent, every time we let hate flourish, we make a lie of who we are as a nation,” Biden said during a signing ceremony at the White House.

    The law, which passed both the House and Senate with large bipartisan majorities, directs the Justice Department to expedite a review of coronavirus-related hate crimes and designate an official to oversee the effort. The bill also funds grants for states to establish hotlines to report such incidents and instructs the federal government to help local law enforcement to publicly report anti-Asian crimes.

    “I’m proud today that Democrats and Republicans have stood up together to say something,” Biden said.

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