SALDEF Expresses Disappointment with Congressional Defeat of Landmark Hate Crimes Legislation
The Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF) . . . today expressed its extreme disappointed with the recent defeat of vital hate crime legislation in Congress.
"Every year, Sikh Americans across the nation find themselves the victims of hate crimes without any support from their local police departments," remarked SALDEF National Director Rajbir Singh Datta. "The United States Congress must exemplify the courage necessary to ensure that we are welcoming of our nation's diversity rather than in strict opposition to it."
The bill would have strengthened the ability of federal, state, and local governments to investigate and prosecute hate crimes. The bill helps state and local anti-bias efforts by enabling the Justice Department to assist them in the investigation and prosecution of all hate crimes. This bill is vital in areas of the United States where the local officials choose not, or do not, have the resources to investigate and prosecute assailants of hate crimes. [Link]
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