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Coalition of 63 Asian American and Allied Organizations Opposes Short-Term Reauthorization of Section 702

To: All Members of the U.S. Congress

We, the undersigned coalition of 63 Asian American and allied organizations, write to express our strong opposition to including a short-term reauthorization of Section 702 in a continuing resolution or any other “must-pass” legislation. Just as we recently urged comprehensive reforms in our previous communication, we now stress the importance of avoiding a short-term extension that would not serve the American public’s best interests.

Section 702 and related surveillance authorities have been misused to spy on Americans, including but not limited to protesters, journalists, campaign donors, and members of Congress. The consequences of such misuse have had a profound impact on our Asian American community, resulting in wrongful targeting, unjust surveillance, and devastating tolls on careers, livelihoods, and reputations. This disproportionate targeting has fostered a climate of fear among Asian Americans and their families, causing anxiety about being stopped, monitored, or investigated while engaging in everyday activities. These issues not only raise significant concerns about civil liberties and civil rights, but also underscore the need for substantial reform. 

If Section 702 requires reauthorization, it must be pursued through standalone legislation, subject to open debate and amendment. Numerous members of Congress, including committee chairs, firmly oppose reauthorizing the law in its current form. In essence, a straight reauthorization of Section 702 would not pass Congress if subjected to an up-or-down vote. Meanwhile, privacy champions have recently offered the only existing path forward in the form of the Government Surveillance Reform Act of 2023, which members of Congress deserve the opportunity to vote for on the floor.

The inclusion of a short-term reauthorization in larger “must-pass” bills would undermine the democratic process, run counter to the will of Congress, and disregard the concerns of the American people. Such an approach could also imperil the long-term viability of Section 702 by alienating members who are willing to engage in constructive negotiations for meaningful reforms.

In light of our recent call for comprehensive reforms, we urge you to consider these concerns seriously and to reject any short-term reauthorization of Section 702. Failure to do so would perpetuate a system that unjustly targets Asian Americans and subjects them to unwarranted surveillance.


AAPI Equity Alliance  

AAPI Victory Alliance  

Action Against Hate  

API Equality-LA  

ASATA – Alliance of South Asians Taking Action  

Asian American Academy of Science and Engineering (AAASE)  

Asian American Federal Employees for Nondiscrimination  

Asian American for Civil Rights and Equality  

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF)  

Asian American Scholar Forum  

Asian Americans Advancing Justice – AAJC  

Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus  

Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta  

Asian Americans Advancing Justice Southern California  

Asian Americans Leadership Council  

Asian Law Alliance  

Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), AFL-CIO  

Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy and Leadership (APPEAL)  Asian Student Alliance  

Asian Texans for Justice  

Association of Chinese Americans  

Aurora Commons  

Center for Leadership Equity and Research (CLEAR)

Chinese American Citizens Alliance Portland Lodge  

Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco

Chinese for Affirmative Action  

Coalition of AAPI Churches Los Angeles  

Communities United for Status & Protection (CUSP)

Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)  

Empowering Marginalized Asian Communities

Ethnic Media Services

Grassroots Asians Rising  

Hmong Innovating Politics

Muslim Advocates  

Muslims for Just Futures 

National Asian Pacific American Families Against Substance Abuse (NAPAFASA)  National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum  

National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA)  

National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC)  OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates  

National Pacific Islander Education Network

OCA Asian Pacific Advocates – San Diego  

OCA Asian Pacific Advocates of Greater Seattle  

OCA Asian Pacific American Advocates—Pittsburgh Chapter  

OCA Columbus  

OCA Greater Chicago  

OCA Greater Cleveland – Asian Pacific American Advocates  

OCA Silicon Valley  

OCA-Central Virginia Chapter  

OCA-Greater Houston 

Pacific Asian Counseling Services 

Restore The Fourth  

Rising Voices

Sikh Coalition  

South Asian American Policy and Research Institute (SAAPRI) South Asian Public Health Association  

South Asian Network

Stop AAPI Hate

Thai Community Development Center (Thai CDC)  

Tulane Association of Chinese Professionals  


Vincent Chin Institute  

Woori Juntos