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Congressman Ted Lieu

Representing the 33rd District of California


August 26, 2015
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 26, 2015               
CONTACT: Jack d’Annibale | | 202-225-3976

Los Angeles - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles) issued the following statement in light of Jeb Bush’s racially charged comments regarding Asian immigrants.

“In the same breath that Jeb Bush calls for Americans to ‘chill out’ on political correctness, he accuses Asian immigrants of engaging in an 'organized effort' to have 'anchor babies.'

“Anyone who has served in elected office knows they have a duty to lead by example. Jeb Bush’s comments about Asian immigrants are a dangerous mischaracterization of an entire minority, plain and simple. It clearly doesn’t reflect my story.  My parents immigrated to the United States to achieve the American dream.  My parents went from being poor to owning a thriving small business. Their journey of hard work, sacrifice, success and contribution is as central to the American story as any other.

“Unfortunately, Jeb’s insulting remarks about immigrants are matched by equally-insulting policy ideas. He has no viable plan for comprehensive immigration reform.  He wants to repeal our national health care law that's protecting millions of Americans and his big idea to grow the economy is to offer corporations more tax cuts.

“It is sad to think this all comes from the moderate Republican presidential candidate. Jeb Bush is trapped by an influential Tea Party that continues to advocate for policies that help the few at the expense of the many.  My fellow Democrats and I are fighting for something different – an America that cherishes and works for everyone."