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Biden signs bill that would help reduce AAPI hate crimes

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President Joe Biden arrives to speak about the economy in the State Dinning Room of the White House, Friday, Feb. 5, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

With so much going on in the world, this bill could really bring some peace to the AAPI community.

President Joe Biden on Thursday signed a bill into law Thursday that will increase federal resources for investigating hate crimes committed against the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.

“All of this hate hides in plain sight. Too often it is met with silence,” Biden said, later calling racism and “ugly poison” in America.

“I’m proud today of the United States, “Biden said. “I’m proud today of our political systems, the United States Congress. I’m proud today that Republican’s and Democrats have stood up together.”

During Thursday’s remarks, Biden recognized the families of Heather Heyer and Khalid Jabara, for which the bill is named.

Heyer was killed while counter-protesting a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017. Jabara was murdered in 2016 by his next-door neighbor in an attack that was later ruled a hate crime.

Stop AAPI Hate, an advocacy group, reported earlier this year that there were nearly 4,000 cases of hate instances against Asian Americans in the U.S. between March 2020 and February 2021-more than 10 a day.

The House of Representative passed the bill in a 364 to 62 vote on Tuesday.

Earlier this year, the Senate passed the bill with overwhelming bipartisan support with a 94 to 1 vote.

For more information on Stop AAPI Hate click here.