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President Biden to meet with AAPI leaders today

President Joe Biden will meet with leaders from the Asian American and Pacific Islander organizations today at the White House.

The meeting which is scheduled to take place in the State Dining Room will include discussions on a wide range of topics including voting rights, the COVID-19 pandemic and the rise of anti-Asian hate, according to the Yonhap News Agency.

“The President looks forward to meeting with leaders from the AAPI community,” said White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki during her daily press briefing Wednesday.

Biden previously met with community leaders in Atlanta after the spa massacre in March and his staff held a virtual meeting with leaders that same month.

Biden has also met with members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus.

Vice President Kamala Harris and White House AAPI liaison Erika Moritsugu are also expected to attend today’s meeting.

Although much of the discussion about the voting restrictions being passed in Republican-controlled states has focused on Black American voters, Asian Americans have also expressed concern at a time there voting power has greatly increased.

“The most onerous restrictions being pushed and passed in Arizona, Florida, Texas, they’re geared primarily to the most active citizens, and we were some of the most newly active citizens in this latest election.” We believe a lot of these restrictions are targeted toward how we as Asians voted in such large numbers,” said Varun Nikore, executive director of AAPI Victory Alliance, to The Hill.

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