Re: Jeb Bush: I won't rule out 2016 White House run 'but I won't declare today'
posted at 3/5/2013 10:24 AM EST
In response to airborne-rgr's comment:
Jeb Bush trying to lock down the nativist vote for 2016.
Trouble Brewing? Jeb Bush Backs Off Past Support For Path To Citizenship
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) said on Monday that his immigration plan will not include a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, backing off his previous support for a policy that pro-reform activists consider a centerpiece of comprehensive reform.
âOur proposal is a proposal that looks forward,â Bush said, âand if we want to create an immigration policy thatâs going to work we canât continue to make illegal immigration an easier path than legal immigration. I think itâs important that there is a natural friction between our immigrant heritage and the rule of law. This is the right place, I think, to be in that sense.â
His latest statement appears to be a shift from as recently as last year, when he told Charlie Rose in a June 2012 interview that he backed a path to citizenship, but would tolerate a lesser legal status for undocumented immigrants if necessary.
âYou have to deal with this issue. You canât ignore it,â Bush said at the time. âAnd so, either a path to citizenship, which I would support and that does put me probably out of the mainstream of most conservatives; Or a path to legalization, a path to residency of some kind, which now hopefully will become â I would accept that in a heartbeat as well if thatâs the path to get us to where we need to be which is on a positive basis using immigration to create sustained growth.â
Bushâs co-author, Goldwater Institute director Clint Bolick, is also on the record backing a path to citizenship, writing in 2007 that such a policy was a critical prerequisite to bringing Latino voters to the GOP.
For years, the former Florida governor has been a vocal advocate for immigration reform, even while his party shifted rightward, culminating in Mitt Romneyâs uber-hawkish âself-deportationâ position in the 2012 presidential campaign. But Bushâs latest comments suggest that as party leaders begin to ease to the left, they may overtake his position along the way.
Hardly nativist; the view respects the law and the economic benefit of immigrants to the country. I listened to his interview along with Bolick on NPR this morning.
Jeb Bush would be a great 2016 candidate, his only problem is the Bush name which will just garner a lot of negative press from the whining left, we'll get endless stories how Jeb stole the election for W.
Jeb Bush is a social moderate who embraces the conservative fiscal roots of the party, self reliance and a smaller Federal government. His view on immigration should be the mainstream position. Legal status for those already here so they can come out of the shadows; but no direct tie to an easy path to citizenship or a reward for illegal activity. Under a legal working status these "legals" could then start the legal immigration process from their home of origin, but at the end of the line.
This recognizes the economics and value for immigrant workers. The immigration policy should be adjusted to favor skills sets are needed for the country and social/family sponsorhips should be limited to immediate family husband/wife children; not extended to siblings and parents.