Editor’s note: Gene Wu is a Chinese-American state legislator in Texas. His tearful comments about the attack on immigrants in Texas were transcribed from AJ Video.
“This topic is painful for me. I’m an immigrant. My parents are immigrants. I represent a district filled with immigrants. Some are here as refugees. Some are here as citizens. Some are here without papers—but they are all my people.
“In World War II, Japanese-Americans were rounded up and sent to concentration camps—do you know of any Germans or German-Americans who were rounded up? They weren’t, because Japanese-Americans were obviously ‘different.’ They looked different, they sounded different, and were obviously ‘alien’ even though they were Americans.”