Jeb Bush: Many Illegal Immigrants Come Out Of An ‘Act Of Love’


jeb-bushFormer Florida governor Jeb Bush said today that many who illegally come to the United States do so out of an “act of love” for their families and should be treated differently than people who illegally cross U.S. borders or overstay visas.

The comments came during an event marking the 25th anniversary of the presidency of George H. W. Bush at the library and museum that bears the name of the Bush patriarch. The event was closed to reporters, but moderated by Fox News anchor Shannone Bream and portions of the event were later broadcast on the Fox News Channel.

Asked about immigration, Bush started by saying that a bipartisan bill passed by the Senate last year made “a good effort” at proposing ways to ensure that people overstaying visas leave the country.

“A great country ought to know where those folks are and politely ask them to leave,” he said, adding later that properly targeting people who overstay visas “would restore people’s confidence” in the nation’s immigration system.

“There are means by which we can control our border better than we have. And there should be penalties for breaking the law,” he added. “But the way I look at this — and I’m going to say this, and it’ll be on tape and so be it. The way I look at this is someone who comes to our country because they couldn’t come legally, they come to our country because their families — the dad who loved their children — was worried that their children didn’t have food on the table. And they wanted to make sure their family was intact, and they crossed the border because they had no other means to work to be able to provide for their family. Yes, they broke the law, but it’s not a felony. It’s an act of love. It’s an act of commitment to your family. I honestly think that that is a different kind of crime that there should be a price paid, but it shouldn’t rile people up that people are actually coming to this country to provide for their families.”

The comments clearly set Bush apart from other Republicans, especially some considering runs for president in 2016. Even Bush seemed to acknowledge that his position could cause him political trouble as he mulls whether to run for president.

Read more at the Washington Post.

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  1. This is pure Leftist claptrap and pandering to the progressives. He would be one of the worst possible Republican candidates.

  2. Jeb Bush is the pudding pop in the smiling fortune of the class of tomorrow. But he really is not that lively when he drops himself on the floor. Not really a guy I am that excited about.

  3. A fatuous remark which illustrates Jeb Bush’s desire to get illegal votes, regardless of American electoral legitimacy.

  4. None of the Bushes would countenance the nativist hate that we seen in the Republican Party today, including Comment #2. It is why the Republican Party is now dominant in Texas (George), competitive in Florida (Jeb), and completely and totally irrelevant in California where the party’s leaders endorsed the hate.

  5. The most virulent hate comes from the Leftist progressives. Just review the case of the gay Mafia eviction of the CEO of Firefox because he once donated to keep normal marriage as the standard.

    Number 5’s comment about hate is the typical lie that we have become used to from the Leftist leaders.

  6. #5 Should we have any laws governing immigration? Don’t we have a right to protect our border and set guidelines for legal entry? Try sneaking in to Mexico and see what happens to you. All this groveling to the illegal immigration crowd is nothing more than a play for votes and has nothing to do with the betterment of this country. With Republicans like the Bushes who needs Democrats?