The Asian American community in Freshman Rep. Gil Cisneros’ district has been sounding the alarm regarding the Congressman’s refusal to come out publicly against ACA5, the newest attempt to reimplement affirmative action for higher education admission and hiring for government jobs.
The new ACA5 Bill has been introduced to repeal Proposition 209, otherwise known as The California Civil Rights Initiative. Proposition 209 amended the state constitution in 1996 prohibiting state government institutions from “discriminating against, or granting preferential treatment to, any individual or group the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting.” (Source: Proposition 209)
USD Law Professor and member of the United States commission on Civil Rights, Gail Heriot slams this new ACA 5 Bill and shames California legislators for choosing now to prioritize repealing Proposition 209 in the middle of a global pandemic. She notes Proposition 209 was originally opposed by President Bill Clinton who argued that “some California universities might have ‘nothing but Asian Americans’ as students.” (Source: RealClearPolitics)
Repeated attempts have been made by Democrats in Sacramento to overturn Proposition 209. Each time a broad coalition of Asian-American Community organizations have led the charge to defeat such attempts as they disproportionality hurt Asian American students in college admissions.
With the election a matter of months away, Cisneros finds himself in quite the predicament. Will he stand up for his district and the Asian-American community he claims to support? Or will he remain silent and continue to toe the party line?
Considering that Cisneros has voted 100% party line with his boss Nancy Pelosi and 90+% in alignment with ACA 5 supporter Rep. Alexandria Cortez, little hope remains within the Asian-American community that Rep. Cisneros will buck his party bosses and fight for them.