On Thursday, ten members of the President's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders resigned to protest President Donald Trump's policies.
Maulik Pancholy, an actor best know for his role as Jonathan on the hit comedy "30 Rock," was among the commissioners to step down.
"Protecting civil rights and fighting against bullying were pillars of our commission's work," Pancholy said. "We cannot serve under an administration that seeks to exclude members of our society or take away their rights, especially the Muslim community, which is very much part of our AAPI community."
Pancholy, who was placed on the commission by President Barack Obama, shared a note he wrote to Trump on Twitter:
The commission was created to work with the federal government to serve Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in the United States. President Bill Clinton created the commission in 1999, and Presidents George W. Bush and Obama reauthorized it.
The commissioners' terms were scheduled to end in September, but former chairman Tung Nguyen, who has been on the commission since 2011, said they could no longer serve an administration unwilling to listen on issues ranging from sanctuary cities to immigration. It's the second wave of resignations from the 20-member commission, leaving just four members.
The fate of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders is uncertain. Much of its website was removed following Trump's inauguration, and the initiative's official Twitter account hasn't posted a new message since Obama left office.