Immigration policy and data disaggregation were among the issues on which democratic presidential candidates were challenged in a historic period The City Hall of Twitter focused on Asian-American and Pacific Islanders Issues Thursday.
NBC Asian America hosted the # AAPI2020 online discussion in which the President’s hopefuls dealt with topics that interest Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the current peak season.
The virtual City Hall, hosted by nonprofits of the Asian Pacific Islander American Vote, the Asian American Journalists Association, AAPI Data, and the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans, was the first of its kind to ask democratic candidates to answer the AAPI constituency , Many social media users found that the event was one of the rare situations in which AAPI issues were discussed at the national level.
Eight candidates attended the event, including former Vice President Joe Biden, former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg, former Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont and the Entrepreneurs Tom Steyer and Sen. Elizabeth Warren from Massachusetts. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, the only Pacific Islander candidate in the race, also participated.
Candidates were challenged on a number of community-specific issues, including data disaggregation and immigration policies, as well as issues that affect larger societies, such as: B. Gun security and student debt.
The one-hour forum contained a number of significant moments. Gabbard, who is of Asian, Polynesian and Caucasian origin, spoke out in favor of this indigenous voices, claim they would “be heard and have a place at the table in my administration” if they were elected. Warren, who published her plan to share AAPI data between federal agencies on the same day, continued to discuss the issue at City Hall and added “Data justice is a question of civil rights.” Biden participated in part of the town hall and his Asian-American surrogate mother, former Olympian Michelle Kwan, also participated on behalf of the candidate.
So far, the voters of the Asian-American and Pacific islanders have not relied on a single candidate. According to a 2018 poll, two out of five voters registered in Asia and America identified themselves as neither Democrats nor Republicans. An informal poll among 500 voters in Virginia, Texas and Pennsylvania, published by the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, found the group favored Biden and Warren. However, a separate poll found that in California, the state with the largest population in the group, 45 percent of Asian American voters felt Biden to be cheap and Sanders followed closely behind with 43 percent.