Judy Chu was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in July 2009. Rep. Chu represents the 27th Congressional District, which includes Pasadena and the west San Gabriel Valley of southern California. She currently serves on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee. Rep. Chu is also the Chairperson of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus.
Statement from Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27), Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC)
“The Chinese Exclusion Act was one of the most discriminatory laws ever passed in our nation’s history, and it left permanent scars on the Chinese American community. It split families apart, created a second-class citizenry, and disenfranchised an entire ethnic community. In fact, my own grandfather who had been here legally since 1904 was forced to carry a certificate of registration at all times for almost 40 years, or risk deportation.
“Unfortunately, 135 years after the Chinese Exclusion Act was signed into law, our nation is once again debating whether an entire group of people should be banned from entering the United States. This is unacceptable. Now more than ever, we must ensure that policies targeting immigrants, Muslims, and refugees – like President Trump’s un-American Muslim ban – do not succeed.
“That is why I am so proud of all of the organizations who have come together for today’s Rally for Inclusion to speak out against harmful policies that seek to undermine our country’s values. The Chinese Exclusion Act was one of the darkest periods in our nation’s history, and we cannot allow history to repeat itself.”