It hasn’t taken long for Democrat vultures to swoop in on Jeb Bush‘s botched effort to make nice with Hispanics by insulting Asians.
Bush on Monday referred to “anchor babies” — American-born children of illegal aliens — as more related to Asian immigrants “coming into our country, having children in that organized effort, taking advantage of a noble concept, which is birthright citizenship.”
Never shy about using race-bait tactics to their advantage Democrats seized the opportunity with the Democratic National Committee organizing a conference call that featured Reps. Judy Chu and Grace Meng lacing into the 2016 Republican presidential hopeful for his remarks, the National Journal reported.
“Let me say that Jeb Bush’s remarks yesterday are both derogatory and offensive,” said Chu, who chairs the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. “This was even worse, pitting one group against the other.
“The only thing worse than Bush’s words toward Asian immigrant families are his policies toward them,” she added.
Meng cited the Republican Party’s self-evaluation in 2012 in which it declared it needed to work harder to be more inclusive to minorities, according to the National Journal.
“From their section on improving relations with Asian and Pacific Americans, the report said: ‘We must emphasize during candidate training, retreats, etc., the importance of a welcoming and inclusive message, in particular when discussing issues that relate directly to a minority group,'” she said.
“If slurring the children of immigrants, whether Hispanic or Asian, is their idea of a welcoming, inclusive message, then the GOP has much more work to do than we originally thought.”
According to the National Journal, federal authorities have stated that anywhere from 40,000 to 300,000 babies are born in the United States each year as part of the “birth tourism” industry so they can gain citizenship rights, and many of those children are born to Asian parents.
And it’s no wonder Democrats are rushing to capitalize on the situation, as Pew research notes 65 percent of Asians identify as Democrats while only 23 percent classify themselves as Republicans.
“What is offensive to me is that Jeb Bush is using a term that ultimately is used to paint a wide brush on the whole Asian immigrant community and Hispanic community,” Chu said.
What’s offensive to the rest of us is the country’s immigration laws being exploited so that the Democrats can get more votes.
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