Indian- American Congressmen and Congresswomen applauded the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) community's contributions to the US economy, history, and culture in their statements commemorating the AANHPI Heritage Month.
May is marked as AANHPI Heritage Month in the United States to celebrate the history, the immeasurable contributions, and achievements of the AANHPI immigrants. As members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) Indian-American Representatives Ro Khanna, Ami Bera, Raja Krishnamoorthi and Pramila Jayapal hailed AANHPI’s role in the US growth story.
Rep. Khanna said, “As the representative of the largest AAPI community in the continental U.S., this month is especially meaningful for my district and constituents. This month and every month, I will work with my CAPAC colleagues to support the AAPI community and strive for a more inclusive society.”
Rep. Bera expressed happiness to join his colleagues to celebrate the AANHPI community’s all-around achievements. “From military service to small businesses and Hollywood success, our community is a key part of our nation’s identity. This month is an opportunity to highlight our past but also strengthen our commitment to a more diverse and vibrant America. As the longest-serving Indian American Member of Congress, I'll keep fighting for policies that uplift and empower our community," he emphasized.
Calling on the community to overcome the instances of racism they face, Rep. Krishnamoorthi said, “As we seek to build an even more inclusive American Dream for all, I hope that we can fully embrace the diversity that is woven into the fabric of our country. I want to send my best wishes to all those celebrating AANHPI Heritage Month, and look forward to working with you all to grow our community further in the future.”
Rep. Jayapal extended greetings and urged the community to feel proud of their heritage. “We have had major impacts on America, from art to science to sports. As the first South Asian woman elected to the House of Representatives, I’m so proud to be a part of this community that is such a crucial part of our society. As we continue to fight for equality in all forms, let’s lift each other up and feel pride in who we are, " her statement read.