Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is in Iowa this week and he is hitting in hard with three town hall appearancesacross the state and a new television ad where he tells Iowans how “tired of hyphenated Americans” he is.
“I’m tired of hyphenated Americans,” Jindal said in the ad. “We’re not Indian-Americans or African-Americans or Asian-Americans. We’re all Americans.”
Jindal goes on to describe his own immigrant parents and how, when they came to America, they did it because they wanted to be Americans.
“The folks who want to immigrate to America, they should do so legally, they should adopt our values, they should learn English and they should roll up their sleeves and get to work,” Jindal said.
The ad, sponsored by the Believe Again Super Pac supporting the Lousiana governor, reportedly cost over $500,000 and is set to air on cable and broadcast television across the state.
A recent poll conducted by Bloomberg Politics and the Des Moines Register showed that immigration was a pretty big issue for Republican Iowa voters, with 85 percent saying they want candidates to spend a lot of time talking about it.
The budget deficit and national defense are the top issues Republicans want to hear candidates talk about, according to the poll, with around 94 percent of likely Republican voters saying they want to hear candidates ideas in those areas.
Iowa is not a very diverse state, according to numbers from the United States Census Bureau. Estimates from the agency show the state to be nearly 93 percent White, around 3 percent Black, 5.5 percent Latino and 2 percent Asian.
In 2012, The Pew Research Center estimated that there were roughly 40,000 illegal immigrants in Iowa. While illegals accounts for just 1.4 percent of Iowa’s population, 30 percent of the entire immigrant population in Iowa is illegal.
Last week, Jindal made waves when he said he thinks America should get rid of the Supreme Court after the high court ruled that gay marriage should be legal in all 50 states.
“Marriage between a man and a woman was established by God, and no earthly court can alter that,” he said. “Hillary Clinton and The Left will now mount an all-out assault on Religious Freedom guaranteed in the First Amendment.”