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Ten members of Trump's advisory commission quit

Asia Pacific News.Net - Saturday 18th February, 2017

WASHINGTON, U.S. - In more protests against President Donald Trump’s policies, ten members of the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have resigned, including the chair and the vice chair.

In a letter, the members, all of whom were appointed by the previous President Barack Obama, wrote, "Although the Commissioners’ term ends 9/30/17, we can no longer serve a President whose policies aim to create outcomes that are diametrically opposite to our principles, goals, and charge."

“We object to your portrayal of immigrants, refugees, people of color and people of various faiths as untrustworthy, threatening and a drain on our nation,” the letter reads.

In particular, the letter referred to the president's controversial travel ban on all refugees and immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries. 

"We urge you and every member of your Administration to respect all Americans by protecting civil rights and civil liberties for everyone, promoting broader dialogue and understanding, and keeping the federal government accessible to all people living in the United States - regardless of their status as citizens, immigrants or refugees," the letter said.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

Last month, on January 20 – Trump's Inauguration Day – six members of the commission had resigned from the 20-member panel.

Currently, only four members are left on the commission that was created by President Bill Clinton in 1999 and reauthorized by presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

Commenting on the resignations, Maulik Pancholy, a former commissioner, said, “Protecting civil rights and fighting against bullying were pillars of our commission’s work.”

“We cannot serve under an administration that seeks to exclude members of our society or take away their rights, especially the Muslim community, which is very much part of our AAPI community.” 

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