Immigration activists have had a harder time targeting Jeb Bush given his relatively moderate stance on the issue and his family profile. Then Bush talked about "anchor babies," a term he defended yesterday but tried to clarify and instead provoked outrage from Asian-American groups.
"Jeb Bush should know Asian Pacific Americans don't only speak English, we can speak several languages, including Spanish. He can't pander to Latinos in one breath and then insult Asians and Asian Pacific Americans in the next," said Dawn Lee of the Alliance for Citizenship.
The group plans to protest at Bush's town hall this morning in Englewood, Colo.
Bush said in Texas yesterday that the anchor baby problem was mostly related to Asian mothers who come to the U.S. for the sole purpose of having children, who are then afforded birthright citizenship. It's a real thing and the federal government has tried to crackdown on it.
"My background, my life, the fact that I'm immersed in the immigrant experience — this is ludicrous for the Clinton campaign and others to suggest that somehow I'm using a derogatory term," Bush said in McAllen. "And by the way, I think we need to take a step back and chill out a little bit as it relates to the political correctness, that somehow you have to be scolded every time you say something."
But Democrats pounced again, putting emphasis on the Asian remark. Bush should "immediately retract his statements and apologize to the Asian community for his insensitive behavior," said Sen. Brian Schatz of Hawaii.
Donald Trump, oddly enough, got into as well. "In a clumsy move to get out of his "anchor babies" dilemma, where he signed that he would not use the term and now uses it, he blamed ASIANS," Trump wrote on Twitter.
Hillary Clinton has targeted Bush as well. Her campaign has refused to answer a Tampa Bay Times question about what she feels about the documented practice of abuse Bush and Marco Rubio have cited.