Jeb Bush on Asian American Issues



See below for Jeb Bush’s positions on:

– Asian Pacific Americans the candidate has hired, appointed or supported for election
– Affirmative Action and Quotas
– Employment discrimination, glass ceilings
– Making English the official language of the U.S.
– Foreign Policy toward China, Taiwan, India, Japan, Korea, Vietnam .   Missile defense system to protect Japan, Taiwan, or South Korea
– Hate Crimes. Legislation increasing penalties for hate crimes.
– Immigration
– School Vouchers
– Voting rights and providing ballots in different languages.

Asian Pacific Americans the candidate has hired, appointed or supported for election

No information

Employment discrimination, glass ceilings

Florida’s nominating commissions recommend candidates for the Florida Supreme Court, the district courts of appeal, and all midterm vacancies in the circuit and county courts.  Since 2001, Governor Bush appointed all nine members of each commission.  Governor Bush insisted on more racial and gender diversity on the trial bench.
Source: A Most Disorderly Court, p. 162, by Martin Dyckman , Mar 30, 2008

Affirmative Action and Quotas

Bush’s “One Florida” decision scrapped affirmative action in Florida’s higher-education system.  Bush said he issued the order to head off a ballot initiative that would have been more stringent.  His order guaranteed admission to the top 20% of high school seniors, expanded the state’s student financial aid budget and made it easier for minority businesses to be certified to work across Florida.

School Vouchers (Asian Americans can escape public school systems run by teachers’ unions and incompetent liberals)

While governor of Florida,  established tax-supported scholarships for tens of thousands of low-income kids and created charter school choices for hundreds of thousands of Florida kids.

I’m for higher standards measured in an intellectually honest way, with abundant school choice, ending social promotion. And I know how to do this because as governor of the state of Florida I created the first statewide voucher program in the country, the second statewide voucher program, in the country and the third statewide voucher program in the country. We had rising student achievement across the board, because high standards and real school choice across the board, is the way to go.
Source: Fox News/Facebook Top Ten First Tier debate transcript , Aug 6, 2015

Hate Crimes. Legislation increasing penalties for hate crimes.

No information


“Anchor babies”


But many in these communities are still angry and continue to be incensed over your own ‘anchor babies’ remarks, saying it were Asian Americans who are engaged in this phenomenon. Are you willing to walk that back?

There is fraud in our immigration system. There are organised efforts and the laws need to be enforced. There are people literally bringing people to this country so that they can have children. That’s not appropriate. We want to create an open immigration system where the laws need to be enforced.
And while I recognise that many, many, many people would love to come to the United States, we need to protect legal immigration as the means that they do it. The terminology that has been used for generations has not been meant to be pejorative and I don’t think we have to be politically correct in 2016.
What we need to do is speak from our hearts, be true to what we believe, persuade people about the things… the solutions to the problems we face.
We have a broken immigration system and respecting the rule of law is one step in many to make it work, as it always has been in our country.

So you don’t find that term ‘anchor babies’ pejorative and you don’t want to walk that back?

No. And, look, if you know my life, my life record, my life experience, my consistent views, which I am sure you do, and if you don’t, I can explain it to you…

No, no, no… I’ve followed you for years…

My life is my life. It’s grounded in the immigrant experience. I am not going to take it back and appease anybody, particularly on the left who try to describe me for something I’m not.


I believe that for those already in the country, we need to put in place a rigorous path that requires individuals to pass a thorough criminal background check, pay fines, pay taxes, learn English, obtain a provisional work permit and work, not receive federal government assistance, and over an extended period of time earn legal status. But any plan to address the status of illegal immigrants must be accompanied by a robust strategy to improve border security.

1. A forward-leaning Border Patrol with the flexibility to deploy resources to meet threats.
2. Use new technologies to achieve continuous surveillance of the border.
3. Bolster border infrastructure and improve access to federal lands.
4. Require electronic verification of employment eligibility.
5. Identify and send home the people who are entering the United States and overstaying their visas or otherwise violating the terms of their admission.
6. Crack down on sanctuary cities that undermine efforts to enforce immigration laws.

Voting rights and providing ballots in different languages.

“What I’m saying is that, restoring this automatic pre-clearance process designed for an era of the 1960s is not relevant to 2015,” Bush said. “The rest of the Voting Rights Act has an important role to play.”
The Supreme Court struck down the formula used to determine which jurisdictions were subject to the strict review process under the law in a 5-4 decision in the case Shelby County v. Holder. The court ruled that the then-active standard, which involved locales that used “a test or device” as a prerequisite to registering to vote in the 1960s, was outdated and therefor unconstitutional. The ruling left the pre-clearance provisions intact, but unenforceable.
Speaking with TIME, Bush maintained that the rest of the law, which includes general prohibitions against voting discrimination, as well as specific provisions for bilingual ballots in many jurisdictions, are sufficient for the modern era.

Making English the official language of the U.S.

No information.

Foreign Policy. Like Americans of African, Cuban, Greek, Irish, Italian, Jewish, Mexican, and Polish descent, many APA’s are interested in American foreign policy toward the country of their ancestors.

U.S. policy toward China and Taiwan

Tapper then turned to Bush, the former governor of Florida, and asked, “Your father was the chief diplomatic envoy to China back when Nixon opened relations to China. Is Scott Walker’s approach the right one, canceling the state dinner?” Here’s what Bush said:
No, I don’t think so, but we need to be strong against China. We should use offensive tactics as it relates to cyber security, send a deterrent signal to China. There should be super sanctions in what President Obama has proposed. There’s many other tools that we have without canceling a dinner. That’s not going to change anything, but we can be much stronger as it relates to that.
9/16/15 GOP debate

“We also have to have an ongoing, deep relationship with China.… We have to stay engaged.… It’s so easy to create misunderstandings that we could easily go from being a competitor economically to being challenged in terms of security.”

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping met with former Governor of Florida Jeb Bush Tuesday at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, calling for closer cooperation between China and the United States.
For his part, Bush said that he will continue making contributions to the development of bilateral ties and economic cooperation between the two nations.
Source: Xinhua News (China), “Xi meets Jeb Bush” , Jan 17, 2012

Jeb Bush to arrive today on three-day visit: MOFA
May 23, 2012 The China Post
The China Post news staff–Former United States Governor of Florida Jeb Bush will embark a three-day visit to Taiwan from today, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced yesterday.
During his stay, the American politician will be visiting President Ma Ying-jeou, Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng and Foreign Minister Timothy Yang, among others, a MOFA statement said.

U.S. policy toward India

Your brother (President George W Bush) had terrific relations with India and Indian leaders and, of course, the Indian-American community, and is still admired particularly for pushing and seeing through the US-India civilian nuclear deal.
If elected President, will you be as committed to the US-India strategic partnership and make an early visit to India?

Well, it’s presumptuous for me to say where I will go as President because I am fighting to win the nomination and before I say where I’ll go, I’ve got to win the general election.
But the India-US strategic relationship is a very important one and for the economic benefits that will go to both countries, and as India emerges as a leader in the world, the United States needs to maintain a deeper understanding of the aspirations of India and further cement the relationship.
I admire my brother’s efforts to forge that relationship, that partnership, that ends up being a thing of great value.
And so, we need to maintain it and I think the next President and India’s prime minister will forge a good working relationship.

Why should the highly discerning, educated and affluent Indian-American community vote for you and how do you intend to bring the Reagan Democrats among them into the fold?

First of all, I have a hopeful, optimistic message. I am not running to appeal to people’s fears. I want to fix a few big, complex, things that we’ve allowed to languish — the tax code, the regulatory system, the immigration system that would be a big catalyst for growth, the energy revolution.
All these things have been broken in Washington. Washington has gotten too big, it is inept and I have a proven record to fix big, complex, things and that’s why I am running and I believe I can do it.
So, my message to the community is that I will bring high sustainable economic growth, the restoring of partnerships with the American leadership in the world to create more security for the world.

On India’s Independence Day, proud of our partnership and shared values, and Indian-American contributions to our own great country.
8/15/15 twitter

U.S. policy toward Japan

Jeb Bush, a likely Republican candidate in the 2016 U.S. presidential race, pledged to maintain a strong alliance with Japan, staking out a position also advocated by Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
Bush called the bilateral alliance “particularly important” in an interview Saturday with The Nikkei, adding that “we need to maintain for sure” a solid partnership.
“I appreciate that Prime Minister [Shinzo] Abe” is committed to the alliance, Bush said, referring to the upgraded U.S.-Japan security guidelines, which now allow military cooperation globally. He called the alliance “important” three times during the interview.
He would seek deeper relations with Japan both in regional security and economic cooperation.
5/18/15 Nikkei Asian Review

U.S. policy toward Korea

“America again needs to lead and we can’t do it along we need to strengthen NATO. Our relationship with Asian and Pacific allies like Japan and Korea and Australia as well as the Asian countries, and rebuild stronger ties, as I’ve mentioned, in our own neighborhood, particularly with Mexico and Canada.

“We enshrined the idea of free speech, of free press, free markets, and the inalienable right of religious freedom. America’s experience affirms the power of human liberty. Not just because America has thrived, but because the world has thrived from it as well. “I think of the example of Dr. Ho-Wang Lee of Korea. In the midst of the Korean War, in the 1950s, he fled the North to fight alongside American troops for the South. “When the war was concluded, he studied medicine and set his life to the exploration of human disease and cures. And he succeeded. His work led him to identify and isolate Hantavirus, and then develop a vaccine for the disease. “America’s defense of Korea was not without sacrifice. The war some historians say ended in a draw. But don’t tell that to Dr. Lee, and don’t tell that to the millions of Koreans whose freedom is assured because of America’s commitment even today. “In 60 years, America, Korean has gone to perhaps the most desolate poorest country on the face of the earth to being a first world country with no illiteracy rate, and rising income, and world class businesses that have embraced Korean technologies to make them global competitors. “Look, the stakes should not — could not be clearer. And for those who doubt me, just consider the testimony of the very few people who escape the moderate concentration camps of North Korean. Our commitment to Korea will bear fruit for generations. And Dr. Lee’s work — the lives he saved, and the potential of millions like him all over the world, in Europe, in Africa, in Asia, tens of millions of people can tell their own story of American goodness, of a life saved, of a life liberated, of a life of freedom.

2/18/15 speech to Chicago Council on Global Affairs

U.S. policy toward Vietnam

No information

Missile defense system to protect Japan, Taiwan, or South Korea

Just back from the Czech Republic, Bush detours into the Obama administration’s decision early in the first term to pull out missile defense systems. “It [the anti-missile system] was a sign of support for those countries,” he said of the betrayal of longtime allies.



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