Governor Hogan was joined by First Lady Yumi Hogan for an event in Howard country with Asian American business and community leaders.
In his remarks, Governor Hogan denounced the rise of racist incidents against Asian Americans and announced actions to keep these communities safe, including directing state and local law enforcement agencies to increase enhanced visibility patrols, issuing awareness bulletins to help ensure the safety of Asian-owned businesses, and launching a campaign to encourage victims and witnesses to report incidents to Maryland’s hate crimes hotline. Governor Hogan also called on Congress to pass legislation that improves and fully funds data collection and reporting of hate crimes against Asian Americans.
Governor Hogan argued “our country is being torn apart by those who would seek to divide and separate us solely based on our identities…It’s time for leaders to remind all Americans that what we have in common binds us together as one nation.”
According to First Lady Yumi Hogan, who immigrated to the United States from South Korea, “Our stories are American stories…We are all Americans…Please remember why this country is the envy of the world.”