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The first-ever Congressional American Sikh Caucus was launched this week.
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The first-ever Congressional American Sikh Caucus was launched this week.

Congress announced the formation of its first-ever caucus on Sikh American issues this week. This comes less than a year after the deadly attacks at a Wisconsin Sikh temple.

Congress formed the new caucus to examine and discuss the unique issues that face a group of Americans whose population is only about 300,000 people in the U.S.

"The core issue of the caucus is to address... hate crimes, racial profiling, school bullying, employment discrimination, explains Jasjit Singh of the nonprofit, Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF).

He says Sikh organizations have been pushing Congress for years to address their unique issues. Following the Sept. 11 attacks, some Sikhs have been stereotyped because of the way they dress -- a trend that continues. Singh says the caucus will serve as a voice for Sikhs.

The caucus is made up of 30 House members, including Gerry Connelly of Virginia and Maryland's Chris Van Hollen.

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