Silicon Valley, Calif. (August 25, 2015) — Yesterday, Donald Trump offensively parodied Asian negotiators, stating, “Negotiating with Japan, negotiating with China, when these people walk into the room, they don’t say, ‘Oh hello, how’s the weather, so beautiful outside, isn’t it lovely? How are the Yankees doing? Oh they are doing wonderful, great.’ They say, ‘We want deal.'”
Coming on the heels of Jeb Bush’s use of the derogatory term ‘anchor babies’ and saying that term “is more related to Asian people” builds upon a disturbing narrative that is fueled by xenophobic speech and thinking.
Honda released the following statement in response to these objectionable comments:
“As Chair Emeritus of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, and Chair of its Immigration Task Force, I cannot stand idly by as Asian Americans and all immigrants are disparaged this way. We have a long and celebrated history founded on a multitude of cultures and backgrounds, and the use of such slurs has no place in our country and is, quite simply, un-American.
“I am a proud American of Japanese descent and have the privilege of representing the only Asian American majority district in the continental United States. Here in Silicon Valley, we know we are made more successful because of our diversity.
“Instead of xenophobic speech, we need to be focused on the real issue, which is a need for lasting and comprehensive immigration reform.
“It’s really quite simple: you need another term for ‘anchor babies?’ Call them what they are: Americans. And, yes, we do want a deal: the deal of citizenship guaranteed to every naturalized and natural-born citizen in the United States by the 14th Amendment of our Constitution.”
“Oh, and Donald Trump – you’re fired.”