“Whether directed towards Latinos, AAPIs or any other community, this demonstrates just how out of touch Bush is with our nation's changing demographics. His use of 'anchor babies' is plain wrong, offensive and hypocritical,” said Johanna Puno Hester, APALA National President. “APALA members denounce the use of any xenophobic or racist rhetoric, especially as a means to earn our community's votes.”
The rich AAPI immigration history is neglected by people like Jeb Bush who do not believe the distasteful term is offensive at all, undermining generations of AAPI immigrant contributions to America.
“APALA stands with all immigrants and communities of color. We won't allow Jeb Bush or any other candidate to divide and conquer us,” said Gregory Cendana, APALA National Executive Director. “Instead, this moment will signify to the growing AAPI voter bloc and rising American electorate, how the GOP does not reflect our values. As the presidential election season ramps up, we will continue to engage our communities, monitor the statements and policies of candidates and ensure voters know who stands with them--and who doesn't.”