Congressman Crowley Endorsed by Asian American Leaders in New York

June 12, 2018


(Queens, NY) – Today, Congressman Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, was endorsed by leaders in New York City’s Asian-American community.

“Joe Crowley is a true leader for New York – and I strongly support his reelection campaign. In Congress, he’s constantly fighting for Queens and Bronx families on critical issues like comprehensive immigration reform, gun safety, and education,” said Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-Queens). “I see how hard he works every day for his constituents and I know he is the best candidate to represent our families.”

“New Yorkers are fortunate to have a leader like Congressman Joseph Crowley in their corner. He is a tried and true advocate on behalf of our proud Queens values of diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity for all. As those principles face a time of unprecedented assaults in Washington, I am confident that Congressman Crowley will continue, as he always has, to not only advocate for the best interests of all New Yorkers but to get results. I am happy to endorse his reelection,” said New York City Councilman Peter Koo.

“As a national Democratic leader, Congressman Joe Crowley has fought hard his entire career for working families and immigrants. In Queens, he opened new doors for so many new Americans, including helping to elect the first Ecuadorian and Korean American in New York State. At a time when our nation is dealing with heightened hatred toward minorities and immigrants, we need strong leaders like Joe who truly understand the importance of inclusion and diversity in our country,” said New York State Assemblyman Ron Kim.

“Joe Crowley is a true fighter for New Yorkers of all backgrounds. He’s stood with our communities time and time again on health care, immigration, education, and human rights. This is why I’m so proud to endorse him for election and urge Queens and Bronx residents to vote Crowley on June 26th,” said former Comptroller John Liu, the first Asian American to win citywide office in New York City.

“Joe Crowley is a household name in the South Asian community. His service to the community is always appreciated, as he’s played a major role in Indo-American relations. He fights every day to stop hate crimes against Hindus, Sikhs, and Muslims. We supported Joe in the past and we support him now. He will serve us well as our congressman,” said Shiv Dass, President of the Jackson Heights Indian Merchants Association.

“As a Chinese American, I deeply love the United States and appreciate the many opportunities this country provides – including the right to vote for and support upstanding public servants like Joe Crowley. Joe is a leader who has, time and time again, shown his excellence. Families in Queens and the Bronx can count on him to fight to ensure that all Americans will see a better tomorrow,” said Flushing Chinese Business Association Executive Director Peter Tu.

“Congressman Crowley is a staunch ally of the South East Asian community in Queens, New York, and the entire country – fighting for our rights and opportunities in public service, business, education, and within in the community. The Himalayan Democratic Club strongly supports Joe’s re-election, as we need a champion in Washington who is fighting for our families and communities,” said Mohan Gyawali, President of the Himalayan Democratic Club.

“It is with immense honor that we announce the endorsement for the reelection of Congressmen Joseph Crowley. Congressmen Crowley will continue to fight to protect the immigrant communities from the harassment by the Federal Authorities, will defend immigrant rights and more importantly will fight to keep the DREAM Act,” said Dr. Dilip Nath, president of New American Voters Association, an organization advancing political awareness and voters’ education of new immigrant communities throughout New York State.

“We proudly endorsed Joe Crowley for his re-election to Congress in NY-14. His experience as a proven leader of the Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan’s congressional caucus, as the Chair of the House Democrats who promised to continue to bring diversity, and in Queens as County Chair. We know this year’s midterm election is the most important election in our lifetime and we must send Joe back to the Congress for us and for New York! With our boots on the ground, we will win big on June 26!,” said Maf Misbah Uddin, National President of the Alliance of South Asian American Labor.

“Congressman Crowley is a true progressive leader and a defender of justice for all. He continues to be a strong voice for the diverse communities across Queens, fighting for Dreamers, working families, and those who do not have a voice. I am proud to support Congressman Crowley as he stands up for us in Washington,” said Queens-based political and women’s rights activist Reshma Saujani.

“I proudly endorse Joe Crowley for re-election. He’s been a staunch advocate for our community and I know he’ll continue fighting for Queens and Bronx families in Congress,” said Kevin Kim, a Queens-based activist and public servant. 

“From his work on hate crimes to his relentless fight for civil rights, Congressman Joe Crowley has been a leader for the Sikh-American community in New York and across the country. Congressman Crowley never tired in his successful campaign to convince the federal government to collect data on hate crimes against Sikhs, resulting in a huge victory that means so much to the community. He has put that same fire and determination into his work to secure civil rights for Sikhs, whether that’s working with the military to allow Sikhs to wear their turbans and other articles of faith while serving our country or his advocacy for anti-bullying measures, Joe has had our backs. We need Joe to continue the fight for every American in Congress and I’m proud to support him for reelection,” said Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla.

Congressman Crowley proudly represents New York’s 14th Congressional District, which includes portions of Queens and the Bronx. Congressman Crowley has a strong history in defending the rights of immigrant and minority communities in New York.

Crowley spearheaded an effort demanding that the Department of Justice track hate crimes against Sikhs, Hindus, and Arab-Americans following a spike in hate crimes against those communities. Crowley also successfully pushed the U.S. military and the New York Police Department to change their policies so individuals can serve their country while wearing articles of faith.

Congressman Crowley has always stood up for immigrants and refugees from South Asia. He has been a staunch supporter of Temporary Protected Status for all qualifying countries including Honduras, Guatemala, Haiti, and El Salvador, personally led the effort in securing TPS for Nepal, and is a lead cosponsor on legislation that would allow those with TPS to remain in the United States and secure citizenship.