One Bush gets praise for his handling of hurricanes — including Katrina

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Asian-Americans slam Bush for ‘anchor baby’ comment.

Jeb Bush seemingly stepped in it again with his remark this week linking Asians to “anchor babies” – triggering another cycle of cringe-worthy headlines on a topic he just can’t seem to get right. “‘Anchor babies’ is a slur that stigmatizes children from birth,” scolded the head of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, Rep. A year ago — before he lost 30 pounds, raised tens of millions of dollars and announced plans to run for president — Jeb Bush quietly celebrated an anniversary.Former Florida governor and Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush has come under fire after he said it was “ludicrous” to describe his use of the term “anchor babies” as offensive to immigrants.Back in July, during her first televised interview since becoming a presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton reacted to Donald Trump’s comment about undocumented immigrants being “rapists” by tying his rhetoric to the rest of the Republican party. He returned to Port Charlotte, Fla., a retirement community slammed in August 2004 by Hurricane Charley, a storm that launched a deadly two-year span of tropical weather while he was governor of Florida. “These hurricanes kind of etched my soul in many ways,” he told locals, adding later: “The most important thing that I’ll always remember was dealing with eight hurricanes, four tropical storms in 2004 and 2005, and doing it with the most dedicated, committed public servants and volunteers at the local, county and state level that you could ever imagine.

That’s the loaded term that Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has used to refer to U.S.-born children of people who come to the country illegally. — There are signs that Jeb Bush’s fundraising juggernaut is losing some momentum, after banking a stunning $120 million for his campaign and super PAC in the first half of the year. But immigration experts say the 2016 GOP hopeful was actually making a legit point – though he certainly wouldn’t win any style points for how he articulated it.

It was the greatest joy of my life.” For most Americans, the storm that stands out from that period is Katrina — which decimated New Orleans and plunged George W. The babies have automatic U.S. citizenship under the first section of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, something that Trump and other foes of high immigration levels decry. That attempt to clarify his position has seemingly done little to mitigate the anger of immigrant groups, merely shifting the source of criticism from Hispanics to Asian-Americans.

A prominent Florida donor backing Bush said the former Sunshine State governor and his supporting super PAC are having to work even harder to keep up the pace, as hard-money contributions have been harder to come by in recent weeks. “The debate performance scared a few people,” said Brian Ballard, a Tallahassee lobbyist backing Bush. “But I think the campaign’s trouble raising money right now is not because of his performance, but there’s some donor fatigue after that $100 million. Aides to Bush say he was referring to the so-called “birth tourism” trend, in which foreign women travel to the United States specifically to give birth so their child will be a U.S. citizen. As Bush has detailed his position — supporting birthright citizenship but concerned about the “birth tourism” industry that flies predominantly wealthy Asian mothers to the U.S. for childbirth — he’s been questioned more than the reality show star. I’ve been on some donor calls and it’s a hard sell for hard money.” With a little more than a month left in the year’s third quarter and the second Republican debate weeks away, Bush is continuing a breakneck fundraising schedule, sandwiching a town hall at a Veterans of Foreign Wars Post here Tuesday morning between fundraising events in Denver Monday night and Salt Lake City Tuesday afternoon.

Bush’s spokesman Tim Miller acknowledged Tuesday that the campaign is working to control its expenses, a story first reported Tuesday by The New York Times. Whether Jeb Bush can turn his hurricane experiences into political gain — and separate himself from his controversial brother in the process — could prove critical to his fight for the Republican presidential nomination. And my record not just yesterday but over my lifetime is one that people can look at.” “I appreciate the comment but I’m 62 years old and when I was 17 years old I fell in love with Columba and it’s gonna be really hard for me to get lectured to by anybody about the politics of immigration,” he added. But he stopped short of saying that it’s because fundraising has slowed. “Hard money is always hard to come by,” Miller said. “And we have a lot more competition for it in this cycle than Mitt Romney had four years ago.

We’re doing everything we can to run a lean campaign; and I think when the third quarter ends, we’re going to put up a solid number.” Bush is also sharing with donors his frustration with Donald Trump. Every time there was a problem you can’t anticipate.” Bush’s role during the deadly storms in Florida provides a sharp contrast with the presidencies of his father and brother, both of whom lost public support after flat-footed responses to hurricanes.

On Tuesday, Bush elaborated even further: “I was talking about a very narrow system of fraud in which people are bringing in pregnant women to have babies to exploit birthright citizenship.” Bush is describing a real phenomenon that has drawn concern from the Obama administration. Bush has positioned himself to the left of Trump, offering up a more compassionate take on immigration reform and denouncing the Republican front-runner’s plan to deport millions of undocumented immigrants and end birthright citizenship. “Mr. Expert [on immigration] because someone put his name on a book, he doesn’t seem to have a better mastery of it than Donald Trump,” Krikorian added, referring to Bush’s 2013 book “Immigration Wars,” which he co-wrote with Clint Bolick. Trump believes that you can just round people up and that it’s just an easy thing to do cause he’s a successful guy and he’ll just have successful people do it and it’ll all work out,” Bush said at the town hall. “Well the cost of this will be extraordinary, it will disrupt community life, it doesn’t embrace American values that I think should be respected, it’s not a practical plan.” Within his party, Bush enjoys the highest favorability ratings with Hispanic voters, according to a Gallup poll released Tuesday.

Bill Owens, Liberty Media CEO Greg Maffei (who has yet to truly commit to a candidate) and Denver Broncos President and CEO Joe Ellis, Bush betrayed his exasperation over the Trump phenomenon, which has completely scrambled the GOP race and seen him drop in a wide Republican primary field some initially expected him to dominate. He said stricter enforcement of immigration laws would help resolve the problem and repeated his opposition to any move to deny U.S. citizenship to those born in America. In Colorado, a state with a large and growing Hispanic population, Bush emphasized the relatively progressive stance on immigration that has earned him that standing, reminding attendees that he supports the citizenship right of babies born in the U.S. to non-citizen parents. “I support birthright citizenship by the way. But 24 hours after his initial remarks, Bush was still catching flack from both sides of the immigration maelstrom — including from the chief instigator of the immigration fight in the GOP primary, Trump himself.

The Center for Immigration Studies, a Washington think-tank that favors greater restrictions on immigration, has estimated that about 40,000 babies are born to birth tourists, most of whom legally enter the country, annually. Republicans have identified illegal immigration as a key topic for primary voters, but they want to avoid driving away Hispanic voters whose support they will need against the eventual Democratic nominee. Still, Democrats continued to hammer Bush for the statements, indicating that the party considers him a more likely eventual Republican nominee than Trump, despite the real estate mogul’s lead in the polls.

Meanwhile, an analysis by the Pew Research Center earlier this year found that 65 percent of Asian-Americans identified themselves as Democrats or leaned Democratic, compared to 23 percent, who identified as or leaned Republican. We have to control our borders.” He doubled down again in a post published on his website Tuesday afternoon, arguing against Trump’s immigration stance and for a “practical solution.” “We must find a practical solution to the status of the 11 million people here illegally today.

It’s not yet clear how Bush may go after Kasich, but his campaign has clearly shifted into attack mode against Trump, arguing that he’s not an actual conservative or serious enough to sit in the Oval Office. That makes Asian-Americans the second strongest constituency for Democrats behind African-Americans. “In 2013, Jeb Bush noted that Asian-Americans are the ‘canaries in the coal-mine’ for Republicans, meaning that Republicans should be worried about having lost Asian-American support over the years.

We need a vigorous path to earned legal status where people are required to learn English, pay a fine and taxes, pass a criminal background check, work and not receive federal government benefits,” Bush wrote. “This isn’t amnesty. His comments are getting widely noticed among Asian-American voters, and could hurt the GOP’s chances in the presidential election,” Karthick Ramakrishnan, a professor at UC Riverside and immigration policy expert, told MSNBC.

Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton the politicians in Washington have talked about immigration for 6 and half years but they have no interest in fixing it, only creating a political wedge issue. Fugate — who will travel with Obama to New Orleans this week to mark the 10th anniversary of Katrina — said in an interview that he is open to sticking around. “I learned a long time ago you never say never,” he said. “Governor Bush gave me my shot and allowed me to do my job and he supported me. But, in the midst of a difficult three-week stretch that started with a subpar debate performance and has turned to rumbles of fundraising concerns and a shifting strategy with regard to Trump, Bush’s path to the GOP presidential nomination is seemingly fraught with obstacles, some of them self-inflicted. Chinese who do this tend to be well-connected.” Though the practice has been largely associated with the Chinese, birth tourists have also come from countries such as Korea, Turkey, Russia and Nigeria, Krikorian said.

I could not ask for a better boss in that role.” Over two years, the storms caused hundreds of billions of dollars in damage and plunged millions of Floridians into darkness for months. After responding to a question from a woman who served in Operation Desert Storm about his commitment to “women’s health issues,” Bush promised to fund health care programs for women in a more targeted way. “I don’t think Planned Parenthood should get a penny,” he said. “They’re not actually doing women’s health issues. Bush spent most of his time commanding the state’s response from a conference room at an emergency management operations center in Tallahassee. “We didn’t anticipate that he would be there for a couple of months, but that’s kind of what happened,” said Deirdre Finn, one of Bush’s deputy chiefs of staff for emergency management. Bush, a self-professed policy wonk, talked at length in the Post interview about the nitty-gritty details of storm management — what he learned about residential building codes, how to reverse the flow of interstate highways, how gasoline is pumped into Florida, and how to open and close seaports. He referred to last year’s influx of Central American youth, who received a special review of their immigration status under a 2008 law against human trafficking signed by Bush’s brother as president.

Bush and several other GOP hopefuls have taken aim at the organization, which provides a range of health care services to women beyond abortions, after videos emerged allegedly showing its staffers selling fetal material from unborn babies for profit. On Tuesday, before Bush’s event, Trump tweeted: “Asians are offended that JEB said anchor babies applies to them as a way to be more politically correct to hispanics.

The former Florida governor has struggled to refocus the race on substantive issues, despite efforts to assert himself as a serious candidate who is prepared to be president — in contrast with Trump, who Bush again sought to portray as a less serious rival. “I’m not a talker, I’m a doer. There are some candidates who are great talkers,” said Bush, who paused as the crowd chuckled. “I’m thinking of one in particular.” Bush referred to Trump by name when he was asked a question about immigration reform, dismissing the businessman’s bluster on the issue as unserious. I am so sorry for the massive inconvinience [sic].” He copied Fugate and other top aides to alert them of the problem. “How we doing on tarps?” Bush asked Fugate in an e-mail on Sept. 20, 2004.

He was present, he delivered the resources you would hope for, asked for the help that was needed and didn’t politicize it.” Michael Brown — who led FEMA during Katrina before being pushed out in the wake of the dismal response — said that Jeb Bush was one of the best-trained governors he worked with during his tenure. “I wish all governors conducted their business the way that Jeb did,” said Brown, who now hosts a radio show in Denver. “I always hated to say that, because people usually respond, ‘Well you say that and you guys were friends.’ That’s true, but he knew what his job was, I knew what my job was.” Brown said Bush has never sought his advice on emergency management issues or politics. “Let me answer that on his behalf: If I were in his shoes, I wouldn’t ask me,” he said. “I’m toxic, you know that and I know that. In September 2005, as the country was reeling from Katrina and Florida was awaiting the arrival of Hurricanes Rita and Wilma, he e-mailed Fugate and Finn: “Are we ready for the next hurricane?” Ed O’Keefe is covering the 2016 presidential campaign, with a focus on Jeb Bush and other Republican candidates.

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