Election Mailer Calls for New Jersey School Board Candidates to Be Deported

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The mailer that hit mailboxes on Wednesday is headlined with "Make Edison Great Again" - evoking President Donald Trump's campaign slogan - and includes pictures of two school board candidates, one Chinese-American the other Indian-American, with a red "DEPORT" stamp under their faces.

"Stop Jerry Shi and Falguni Patel from taking over our school board", the post cards read.

The flier proclaiming, "Make Edison Great Again" and "Chinese and Indians are taking over our town..."

He added to TheBlaze that of the roughly 100 people he's spoken to about the mailer, about 15 are of Indian or Chinese descent - and they all received it. "Cricket fields! Enough is enough", read the additional text written right below the candidates' photos.

"Let's take back our Edison", it said.

It also doesn't disclose who paid for them, which violates New Jersey election law. About 45 percent of the residents in the town are foreign born. "I certainly haven't seen anything like this with school board candidates". Both candidates stressed that Edison is "a wonderful community full of fantastic people of all backgrounds", and that the "Make Edison Great Again" flyers' message is "un-American and not the Edison we know".

"I was born and raised in New Jersey, ' she said to NBC4".

Edison, which also houses the stretch of "Little India" known as Oak Tree Road, is one of the areas in the USA where minorities have dwarfed the Caucasian population. Both are running for one of Edison's three open school board seats.

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'Edison is a wonderful community full of incredible people of all backgrounds, this is our strength. "They are un-American and not the Edison we know", Shi and Patel said in a joint statement. "We will continue to focus on our campaign and work for the students and taxpayers of this town that we love".

Lankey's rival, Republican challenger Keith Hahn, also came down hard on the flier, vowing to find out the "anonymous cowards" behind it.

"Disgraceful and offensive campaign tactics can not be tolerated", he said on Facebook.

"I'm obviously disgusted by it, to say the least", said Falguni Patel, the 32-year-old immigration lawyer whose name and picture appears on the pamphlet.

Patel, who is seeking public office for the first time, said she expected some negativity in a township known for hard-knuckle campaigning.

Indian Americans are the largest minority group in Edison. The staunchly Democratic township hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1993.

But longtime residents say the immigrant and native-born communities have sometimes struggled to live side-by-side over recent decades. "Really, it's just outrageous".