On April 14, 2000 President Clinton signed legislation designating the United States Post Office in Chino Hills,
California, as the "Joseph Ileto Post Office". Joseph Ileto was a Filipino American postal worker who was
killed by a gunman simply because he was an Asian American who worked for his country's government. In his bill
signing statement the President said, " It is a fitting tribute to the life and memory of Mr. Ileto that we name
this post office in his honor. During the last year, we have all been shaken by violent acts like the murder of
Joseph Ileto, act that strike at the very values that define us as a nation. Now is the time for us to take
strong and decisive action to fight hate crimes."
On December 14, 1999, the President signed into law legislation which provides a special monthly cash benefit
to Filipino veterans who served under the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II, if they were eligible for
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and later choose to move outside the United States. Previsouly, Filipino
veterans who were eligible to receive SSI benefits would lose them if they were to return to the Philippines.
Pictured above are the Filipino veterans and community leaders who were present for the bill signing ceremony.
President Clinton recognized the contributions of Chinese Americans during World War II during a meeting in
the Oval Office with Eleven Chinese American World War II veterans and civilian volunteers. The White House
visit on October 25, 1999, coincided with premiere of a Documentary "We Served With Pride: The Chinese American
Experience in World War II," which features the experiences of 26 Chinese Americans during World War II.
During the meeting, President Clinton thanked the veterans and civilian volunteers for their service to this
country and their contributions to freedom and democracy throughout the world. The President also took this
opportunity to recognize the many contributions of Chinese Americans throughout our nation's history.