Sery Kim, a Republican running for a North Texas congressional seat, explained throughout a applicant discussion board that she does not want immigrants from China coming to the United States.

“I don’t want them here at all,” she explained Wednesday to some laughs and claps. “They steal our intellectual residence. They give us coronavirus. They don’t keep on their own accountable. And very frankly, I can say that for the reason that I’m Korean.”

Kim, whose moms and dads immigrated to the U.S. from Seoul, South Korea, when she was a little one, is vying to replace late U.S. Rep. Ron Wright, who died in February just after battles with lung most cancers and COVID-19. Kim served in the U.S. Tiny Organization Administration below former President Donald Trump and is a single of 11 Republicans vying for the congressional seat.

There are 23 candidates operating for the district that involves most of Arlington and Mansfield as very well as all of Ellis and Navarro counties. Kim was joined by fellow Republicans Susan Wright, the wife of Ron Wright, and Mike Egan. The discussion board was hosted by the Republican Gals of Arlington and the Arlington Republican Club.

In her opening remarks, Kim claimed that “we were being lied to for the final a single year and two months and stayed at dwelling simply because China produced the coronavirus in a Wuhan lab.” Later, she claimed that the priority for any member of Congress ought to be “to maintain China accountable.”

“I am Asian American, and I have under no circumstances felt discrimination due to the fact I blame China for the problems they have essentially created, she mentioned. “They are the kinds that induce COVID. They are the ones that steal our technological innovation. They are the types that manipulate the border.”

Kim’s remarks, very first reported by the Dallas Morning-News, occur as despise crimes against Asians are on the increase. In accordance to the Prevent AAPI Hate reporting middle, 3,795 loathe incidents had been reported to the group involving March 19, 2020 and Feb. 28.

In an interview with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Kim defined that she is against all unlawful immigration, pointing out that her mother and father waited for 10 decades right before they legally immigrated to the U.S. She would help legal immigration to the U.S. for men and women fleeing the Communist Party of China.

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“We have to have to confirm as a country, as a precedence, which persons are fleeing prosecution from the Chinese Communist Social gathering,” she claimed. “Which individuals are fleeing from … the communism that is North Korea. Which individuals are fleeing sex trafficking from the Northern Triangle.”

Requested about her remarks in the larger context of attacks against Asian Americans, Shery said “Asian American violence is not a new and novel issue just since the media is starting off to report on it in the very last thirty day period.” She also said she received derogatory feedback that contains threats and racial slurs pursuing her remarks.

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