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Photo: Melina Mara - Pool via Getty Images

Hillary Clinton will join a slew of lawmakers and advocates at the progressive AAPI Victory Alliance group's summit on AAPI political power next week.

Why it matters: Amid a yearlong surge in anti-Asian hate, the summit aims to cultivate growing AAPI electoral power and increase visibility of AAPI issues.

The Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Unity Summit will take place on May 19.

  • "AAPIs are rising -- we are turning violence into victory and we are going to play a forceful role in American politics in the years to come," AAPI Victory Alliance executive director Varun Nikore said.

What she's saying: "AAPI electoral power is on the rise and it’s time AAPI communities get the same recognition, resources, and support as every other ethnic group," Clinton said in a statement.

  • "AAPIs are diverse and growing communities with their own set of challenges and opportunities, and we need to acknowledge that and work to empower them in diverse ways."

AAPI Victory Alliance has also invited eight U.S. senators of color to engage in a dialogue about coalition-building at the summit. They include:

  • Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.)
  • Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Calif.)
  • Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.)
  • Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii)
  • Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.)
  • Sen. Catherine Cortez-Masto (D-Nev.)
  • Sen. Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.)
  • Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.)

The senators have floated the idea of formally creating a BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) Caucus, per Washington Post.

The big picture: AAPI voters turned out in record numbers in 2020 and played a role in Democratic wins, according to community organizers.

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First look: Biden meeting with Democrats on DACA

President Biden walks to the Oval Office on Wednesday. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

President Biden will meet with 11 Democratic members of Congress at the White House Thursday to discuss the next steps for providing a pathway to citizenship for undocumented migrants brought to the U.S. as children, a White House official told Axios.

Why it matters: Congressional Democrats plan to try to pass pathways to citizenship for so-called Dreamers, TPS holders and undocumented essential workers in the upcoming reconciliation package. Biden also has consistently called on Congress to pass legislation to protect Dreamers.

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Olympians warned to bring burner phones

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

When Olympic athletes from all over the world land in Beijing for the 2022 Olympic Games, they'll be loaded up with burner phones and will likely leave their own devices behind.

Why it matters: Athletes are headed to the Beijing Olympics with mixed guidance from their home countries about whether their personal information will be safe online and their devices will be secure.

Omicron is finally burning out

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Data: N.Y. Times; Cartogram: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

New COVID infections are declining in the U.S. — a sign that the Omicron wave has likely peaked.

Yes, but: Deaths are rising, and the U.S. still has a lot of COVID — a reminder that even this milder variant is still a very real threat to unvaccinated Americans.