Asian Congresswomen Say Jeb Unfit For Presidency
Jeb Bush continues to come under fire for his “anchor baby” comments.
Queens Congresswoman Grace Meng and California Congresswoman Judy Chu tore into former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush for his claim yesterday that Asian people were responsible for the phenomenon of “anchor babies”—children born to foreign nationals on American soil, making the infants American citizens with the potential to gain legal status for their families.
Ms. Meng and Ms. Chu, both members of the Democratic minority in Congress, used the remarks to broadly attack the Republican presidential field and leadership in the Capitol during a conference call with reporters this afternoon. Mr. Bush, a top contender for the Republican presidential nomination, argued yesterday during a visit to the U.S.-Mexico border that his criticism of birthright citizenship was not directed at Latinos, but that “frankly, it’s more related to Asian people coming into our country having children in that organized effort.”
Ms. Meng quoted a passage from the Republican “autopsy” of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s defeat in the 2012 election, which called for a “welcoming, inclusive message” to prevent Democrats from winning overwhelming segments of the minority population again.
“If slurring the children of immigrants, whether Hispanic or Asian, is their idea of the ‘welcoming, inclusive message,’ then the GOP has more, much more work to do than we originally thought,” she said.