CHICAGO (CBS) — Congress is taking a closer look at the discrimination Asian Americans have faced in the last year.

A judiciary committee heard testimony Thursday on the violence and hate speech that has recently increased against the Asian community during the pandemic.

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U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, a Democrat from Illinois, and the first Thai American woman elected to Congress, said the Asian community in the United States has been the target of racist vitriol; and said, understandably, the Asian American community is justifiably outraged.

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“Families have had rocks thrown at them. Nurses have been spit on. Heroes, front line workers, hospital staff have been blamed for COVID-19,” Duckworth said.

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Just in the first two months of 2021, STOP AAPI HATE said Asian Americans reported being targeted at least 500 times.