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Jindal on Asian American Issues

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See below for Jindal’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

On February 24, 2009, Jindal delivered the official Republican response to President Obama’s address to a joint session of Congress.  He praised the late sheriff Harry Lee for standing up to the government during Hurricane Katrina.

Employment discrimination, glass ceilings

No information

Affirmative Action and Quotas

In 2003, Jindal told The New Orleans Times-Picayune, “I oppose set-asides and quotas. An insightful man got it right 40 years ago: people should not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

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

bobbyjindal.com: As governor of Louisiana, implemented one of the nation’s largest school choice systems. Children can now move from failing schools to schools that provide them with a better education for their individual needs.

Hate Crimes. Legislation increasing penalties for hate crimes.

Jindal voted against a bill that would have created harsher punishments for hate crimes (HR 3132, Vote 469, September 14, 2005).

Immigration

6/24/15 announcement speech: While I’m at it, here’s another thing you aren’t allowed to say, but I’m going to say it anyway. We cannot allow people to immigrate to this country so that they can use our freedoms to undermine our freedoms. That’s exactly what has happened in Europe, where they have 2nd and 3rd generations of immigrants who refuse to embrace the values and culture of the countries they have moved into. We must not let that happen here.
It is not unreasonable to demand that if you immigrate to America, you must do so legally, and you must be ready and willing to embrace our values, learn English, and roll up your sleeves and get to work.

Jindal: When it comes to immigration, we’ve got a completely backwards system today. What I believe we need is a system of high walls and a broad gate. Right now, we’ve got the opposite. We’ve got low walls and a narrow gate. What I mean by that is we make it very difficult for people to come here legally. We make it very easy for people to come here illegally. As the son of immigrants, I think we should let more people come in to our country legally, because it’s compassionate for them and because it’s good for us. When people want to come here, work hard, play by the rules, that’s good for America. And so, I think that this is a problem we can address. I think our system right now is completely backwards.  Source: CNN State of The Union 2014 interview series: 2016 presidential hopefuls , Feb 2, 2014

The inscription on the Statue of Liberty, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,” is a beautiful sentiment. I wish it were as simple to apply it today as it was in past centuries, when we welcomed to our shores just about anyone who could get here. We need to find a controlled way to continue welcoming immigrants. That approach would require three main things: first, to ensure that our borders are secure–not talk about it or study it, just do it; second, enforce our existing immigration laws; and third, refocus our legal immigration policy to encourage high-skilled immigrants who embrace American values. I also think we need to continue to be a place where refugees fleeing persecution can find safe harbor and a new home. Immigration should help our country compete in the world and improve the quality of life for US citizens while offering unlimited opportunity to hard-working immigrants looking for freedom.
Source: Leadership and Crisis, by Bobby Jindal, p.130 , Nov 15, 2010

Voting rights and providing ballots in different languages.

No information

Making English the official language of the U.S.

Jindal co-sponsored declaring English as the official language of the US
This bill declares English as the official language of the United States, establishes a uniform English language rule for naturalization.
The United States is comprised of individuals from diverse ethnic, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds, and continues to benefit from this rich diversity.
Throughout the history of the United States, the common thread binding individuals of differing backgrounds has been the English language.
Federal Representatives of shall have an obligation to enhance the role of English as the official language of the Federal Government.
The official functions of the Government of the United States shall be conducted in English.
All citizens should be able to read and understand generally the English language text of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the laws of the US.
All naturalization ceremonies shall be conducted in English.
Source: English Language Unity Act (H.R.997) 2007-HR997 on Feb 12, 2007

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

10/7/14 The Economic Times: “US faces greatest military challenge from China: Bobby Jindal””In terms of traditional military power, the greatest challenge facing the United States is China. For the past nearly 20 years, China has engaged in a massive military buildup,” Jindal said in a major policy paper in defense which he co-authored with the former US Senator Jim Talent.
http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2014-10-07/news/54735762_1_bobby-jindal-chinese-military-buildup-east-asia

Voted YES on deterring foreign arms transfers to China.
To authorize measures to deter arms transfers by foreign countries to the People’s Republic of China, A YES vote would grant the President the ability to place sanctions on any individual or country that violates the arms embargo, including:
Denial of participation in cooperative research and development
Prohibition of ownership and control of any business registered as a manufacturer or exporter of defense articles or services
Removal of all licenses relative to dual-use goods or technology
Prohibition of participation of any foreign military sales
Reference: East Asia Security Act; Bill HR 3100 ; vote number 2005-374 on Jul 14, 2005

6/24/15 vox.com: When addressing the Committee to Unleash Prosperity at a recent gathering, Jindal said he is against fast-track authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, due to his distrust of Obama. If a “generic Democrat” were in power, he said, his answer might be different.
Jindal actually supports many aspects of TPP. During a recent interview, he explained, “I am for free trade, I am for presidents in both parties having fast-track authority, and on this particular deal, I think that a good deal with Pacific countries would actually be good for our country, not only economically but strategically. I think it can help hedge against China.” However, Jindal fears that Obama will used his fast-track authority to sneak in pet projects, such as environmentalist policy or immigration reform.

U.S. policy toward India

2/24/15 NDTV.com (Press Trust of India): “Great Opportunity for India-US Relationship: Bobby Jindal”

Washington:  Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has said that there is a “great opportunity” for strengthening Indo-US relationship in the field of bilateral trade and war against terrorism.
Emerging out of the White House immediately after a meeting with President Barack Obama, along with other members of the National Governors Association, Mr Jindal said India-US relationship is one area on the foreign policy front where there is a bipartisan support and the two countries would benefit – both economically and politically – from strengthening of this ties.
“I think, it is a great opportunity for both countries (India and the US),” Mr Jindal, who is the first Indian American Governor of an US State told PTI.
“One of the things that the President did talk about (during the meeting) for example was the potential trade deal with the Pacific region and I think, this is one example whether countries like India or other nations in Asia that are friend to America. India is one of them,” Mr Jindal.
“I think this (India-US bilateral relationship) is good for India. It is good for America. I think, both economically as well as politically there are great opportunities. And there is a bipartisan support to do that. That is something that the President could work with this Congress to get done. I think this would benefit both countries,” Mr Jindal said.
Responding to questions, Mr Jindal supported joint effort between India and the US in the fight against terrorism, in particular Islamic extremism.
“Two things have to happen. One is to call on leaders of the Muslim community to not just denounce acts of violence, but also individuals by name who commit these violence, to make clear that such individuals are not going to enjoy or reward after life, but are rather going straight to hell,” he said.
“Secondly, one of the things which is also very important is that we got to insist on simulation on integration of our societies. That is something that America has a great history of being a melting pot, welcoming folks from all over the world,” he said.
“The bottom line is we do welcome people as long as they respect freedoms of others to live their lives, to have religious liberty, have freedom of speech, self-determination,” he added.
“So two things that both (India and the US) of our countries can do is one to call on Muslim leaders to denounce these individuals and insist to those come in our countries to assimilate and integrate. We have a pride history in doing that in America,” Mr Jindal said, adding that he currently has no plans to travel to India.
http://www.ndtv.com/diaspora/great-opportunity-for-india-us-relationship-bobby-jindal-742012

U.S. policy toward Japan

6/24/15 vox.com: When addressing the Committee to Unleash Prosperity at a recent gathering, Jindal said he is against fast-track authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, due to his distrust of Obama. If a “generic Democrat” were in power, he said, his answer might be different.
Jindal actually supports many aspects of TPP. During a recent interview, he explained, “I am for free trade, I am for presidents in both parties having fast-track authority, and on this particular deal, I think that a good deal with Pacific countries would actually be good for our country, not only economically but strategically. I think it can help hedge against China.” However, Jindal fears that Obama will used his fast-track authority to sneak in pet projects, such as environmentalist policy or immigration reform.

U.S. policy toward Korea

12/19/14 The Weekly Standard: “Rubio, Jindal Respond to North Korea Cyber Attack”
Regarding the hack of Sony Pictures by the North Korean government: “The recent Sony hack is not a cyber attack on Hollywood,” said Bobby Jindal, the two-term governor of Louisiana, in a statement. “[I]t is an attack on America. It is an attack on freedom and represents a serious danger to U.S. national security. Are we really going to let terrorists and thugs, likely the North Korean dictator in this instance, determine what movies we watch?”  “The President and Congress must take a stand to protect our liberty here,” Jindal said.

Prevent countries such as North Korea and Iran from developing nuclear weapons and missile technologies.
2004 House campaign website, BobbyJindal.com , Nov 2, 2004

U.S. policy toward Vietnam

7/6/15 Fox News (Hannity): “We would work not only with our allies, like Japan and South Korea and Taiwan. We’d work with non-aligned countries like India and Vietnam that are desperate and hungry for American leadership”.

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

We can abolish as many of our missiles as we want, but that’s just not going to convince international miscreants to do the same. That’s why Pres. Obama’s decision to drastically scale back our missile defense program was ill-advised. The real cause of war and international conflict is not the existence of weapons, but authoritarian leaders trying to expand their power.
Source: Leadership and Crisis, by Bobby Jindal, p.246 , Nov 15, 2010

 

7/6/15 Fos News (Hannity)

HANNITY: I was offended by The Washington Post saying as an Indian- American that you had abandoned the Indian-American community, and something to that effect. I felt that was a racial comment.

JINDAL: Absolutely. Look, they can’t fathom the fact that you can be conservative and smart or that you can look a different way and still be a Christian.

HANNITY: You went to Brown University, an Ivy League school, you’re pretty smart.

JINDAL: I think that doesn’t compute for them. I really don’t. They think that if you’re smart you must be a liberal.

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