Sery Kim Backed by Trump Appointed Former ICE Director

Sery Kim Backed by Trump Appointed Former ICE Director

Isabel Webb Carey
Isabel Webb Carey
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March 16, 2021

In the run-up to the May 1st election for the open seat in Texas’ 6th Congressional District, Sery Kim has officially received the endorsement from the Trump administration’s former acting director of ICE Tony Pham.

Following the death of Rep. Ron Wright (TX-R) in February and Gov. Greg Abbott’s subsequent announcement that a special election in the 6th Congressional District would take place on May 1st, a total of 23 candidates, including 11 Republicans and 10 Democrats have filed to run. 

Republican Sery Kim, a lifelong Texan, attorney, and former Assistant Administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) under President Donald J. Trump announced her decision to run in late February. The daughter of Korean immigrants who were janitors in the district, Kim has officially been endorsed by Tony Pham, the first Asian American and first Vietnamese person to lead Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He invoked his experience and lauded her “correct approach to immigration reform.”

As the former Acting Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, I fully endorse Sery Kim and can attest to her passion for standing up and leading the fight against extreme liberal agendas,” Pham concluded. 

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In a statement, Kim thanked Pham for his endorsement and made an appeal to Asian-American constituents. 

“As a life-long Texan and child of legal immigrants from Seoul, South Korea, I am honored to receive the endorsement from this distinguished public servant,” she wrote. “Tony’s life story is the embodiment of the American Dream and serves as inspiration for all people that are hoping to legally immigrate to our great country… with close to 20,000 Vietnamese members of our community and over 40,000 Asian-American constituents, I understand how important these issues are to us.”

Kim went on to denounce the “radical left wing agenda of open borders and lawlessness,” vowing to fight them in Washington.  

Other prominent Republican contenders for the seat include Wright’s widow and longtime GOP activist Susan Wright, Rep. Jake Ellzey and former DHS chief of staff Brian Harrison. Among Democrats is the 2018 Democratic nominee for the seat Jana Sanchez, along with former Assistant Direct of Field Operations Patrick Moses and former state house candidate Lydia Bean.

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Isabel Webb Carey

Isabel Webb Carey

Isabel Webb Carey attends the University of Texas at Austin in the Plan II Honors Program with a certificate in Core Texts and Ideas. Her interests include education, local governance, sustainability, and equity. Isabel enjoys dancing, hiking, and live music. She is also a staff writer for the Texas Orator. Email her at [email protected]
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