Petitioning Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight and 76 others

Stop Bill H3361. Stop Identity Profiling

     Dear Massachusetts Citizens, State Senators and House Representatives,

     We hereby solemnly petition that you vote NO on Bill H3361, which requires state agencies to "identify Asian Americans in collection of data", and further to identify them "individually" as each of the "five largest Asian American and Pacific Islanders groups". The “five largest” groups could mean Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Korean and Pacific Islanders. The full version of the Bill, introduced by state representative Tackey Chan, is available at https://malegislature.gov/Bills/190/H3361 . We the undersigned are strongly against this bill for the following main reasons. 

     Firstly, Bill H3361 is essentially an attempt to legalize racial/origin profiling and enables discriminatory actions against a targeted people. 

     Bill H3361 is unconstitutional at its core, notwithstanding intended or unintended purposes. Plain and simple.

     History tends to repeat itself. President Roosevelt signed the Executive Order 9066 in 1942, ordering all Japanese-Americans, approximately 150,000 people, to be rounded up and relocated to 10 internment camps forcing all of them to give up their schooling, houses, belongings, businesses in as short as a few days. That act of cruelty against American citizens, many of whom born in America, shall be forever outlawed. However, bills such as H3361 recently introduced in Massachusetts provides legal facilitation of such actions.

     Secondly, Bill H3361 singularly targets Asian Americans mandating their separation by a fundamentally flawed categorizing system which is not applied to any other identified ethnic groups in current official surveys or registry. No White Americans, African Americans, European Americans, Latino Americans or Arabic Americans are asked to further identify themselves based on the regions or countries of their origin. 

     However, should this Bill turn into law, it could be used as precedence of more such bills requesting other races to further identify themselves according to regions of their origin. One should be acutely aware that similar bills are already introduced and/or passed in states such as California and New York. This is a potentially dangerous trend introducing the root of segregation for people of all origins and can easily be abused by parties having other purposes.  

     Thirdly, Bill H3361 is bound to cause confusion in implementation wasting taxpayers resources. For instance, confusion arises in the situation that a significant portion of the Vietnamese or Korean American immigrants have Chinese origins. The case of interracial marriage is another example. Adding five illy-defined boxes to tick in all state records is a recipe for failure thanks to the amount of confusion, paperwork, data entry and maintenance workload. This is extremely insensitive to taxpayers' resources. 

     We all know that America is a nation built by immigrants. Justice and equality for all are ideals passed down to us by our founding fathers. Yet this Bill if passed, will have the potential to create division, legalize profiling and segregation. We solemnly request that you reject the Bill, and request Mr. Tackey Chan to withdraw the bill from the State Senate/House. 


Sincerely,

Members of Coalition Against Profiling (CAP)

Members of Asian Americans for Equal Rights (AAER)

 

 

This petition will be delivered to:
  • Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight
  • State Senator
    Walter Timilty
  • State Senator
    Joan Lovely
  • State Representative
    Jennifer Benson
  • State Representative
    Paul Schmid
  • State Representative
    Denise Provost
  • State Representative
    Linda Campbell
  • State Representative
    Brian Ashe
  • State Representative
    Marjorie Decker
  • State Representative
    RoseLee Vincent
  • State Representative
    William Driscoll
  • State Representative
    Kevin Kuros
  • State Representative
    Mathew Muratore
  • State Senator
    Jennifer Flanagan
  • State Senator
    Michael Moore
  • State Senator
    Patrick O'Connor
  • State Representative
    Patricia Haddad
  • State Representative
    Sheila Harrington
  • State Representative
    Stephan Hay
  • State Representative
    Jonathan Hecht
  • State Representative
    Paul Heroux
  • State Representative
    Natalie Higgins
  • State Representative
    Bradford Hill
  • State Representative
    Kate Hogan
  • State Representative
    Russell Holmes
  • State Representative
    Kevin Honan
  • State Representative
    Steven Howitt
  • State Representative
    Daniel Hunt
  • State Representative
    Michael Finn
  • State Representative
    Carole Fiola
  • State Representative
    Paul Frost
  • State Representative
    William Galvin
  • State Representative
    Sean Garballey
  • State Representative
    Colleen Garry
  • State Representative
    Carmine Gentile
  • State Representative
    Susan Gifford
  • State Representative
    Thomas Golden
  • State Representative
    Solomon Goldstein-Rose
  • State Representative
    Carlos Gonzalez
  • State Representative
    Ken Gordon
  • State Representative
    Danielle Gregoire
  • State Representative
    Paul Donato
  • State Representative
    Shawn Dooley
  • State Representative
    Michelle DuBois
  • State Representative
    Peter Durant
  • State Representative
    James Dwyer
  • State Representative
    Carolyn Dykema
  • State Representative
    Lori Ehrlich
  • State Representative
    Tricia Farley-Bouvier
  • State Representative
    Kimberly Ferguson
  • State Representative
    David DeCoste
  • State Representative
    Robert DeLeo
  • State Representative
    Geoffrey Diehl
  • State Representative
    Diana DiZoglio
  • State Representative
    Daniel Donahue
  • State Representative
    Antonio Cabral
  • State Representative
    Daniel Cahill
  • State Representative
    Thomas Calter
  • State Representative
    Kate Campanale
  • State Representative
    James Cantwell
  • State Representative
    Evandro Carvalho
  • State Representative
    Tackey Chan
  • State Representative
    Nick Collins
  • State Representative
    Edward Coppinger
  • State Representative
    Brendan Crighton
  • State Representative
    William Crocker
  • State Representative
    James Arciero
  • State Representative
    Cory Atkins
  • State Representative
    Bruce Ayers
  • State Representative
    Ruth Balser
  • State Representative
    Christine Barber
  • State Representative
    F. Jay Barrows
  • State Representative
    Donald Berthiaume
  • State Representative
    Nicholas Boldyga
  • State Representative
    Paul Brodeur
  • Massachusetts State House
  • Massachusetts State Senate


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