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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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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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A group of landlords and real-estate companies issued a legal challenge on Wednesday night in a D.C. district court to the Biden administration's new national eviction moratorium.

Driving the news: The Alabama and Georgia Associations of Realtors' emergency motion argues that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's order Tuesday barring evictions for most of the U.S. through Oct. 3 exceeds the CDC's powers, according to a statement from the National Association of Realtors.

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Alix Klineman and April Ross are guaranteed to earn at least an Olympic silver medal after defeating Switzerland 2-0 in the Tokyo Games on Thursday morning local time.

Of note: It's the latest chapter in an enduring partnership, driven by past failures and bound by future aspirations.