Bush: Illegal immigration an “act of love,” not a felony

posted at 9:21 am on April 7, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

“I’m going to say this, and it’ll be on tape,” former Florida Governor Jeb Bush told an audience at his father’s presidential library this weekend, adding with a shrug, “So be it.” Asked about immigration policy at the forum, Bush responded that the US has to implement a system to find illegal immigrants and ask them to leave, along with better border controls, but that we should not overreact to illegal immigration when it occurs. It’s “an act of love,” Bush argued, “not a felony”:

On immigration, he said that many of those 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. He said 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.

But most people who illegally enter the United States do so “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,” Bush said. “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 proposal last year did make a good effort at finding a middle ground. The problem wasn’t the bill as much as it was who it trusted to enforce it. The problem for those supporting a staged system of comprehensive immigration reform is the Obama administration, which has proven its disregard for statutory law in ObamaCare — the bill it promoted — especially when it comes to statutory deadlines and enforcement. If we can’t trust this White House to stick with deadlines for mandates it really wants, how can we trust it to stick with the phased-in approach to normalization based on objective border- and visa-security metrics, even if those involve Congressional approval? After all, the employer mandates and IRS penalties were hard-wired into the ObamaCare statute, and Obama had no problem using his phone and his pen to ignore those.

Republicans aren’t going to get border and visa reform without coming up with ways to normalize those who have lived in the US for a significant period of time, and Democrats won’t get the latter without the former — unless Obama is still President when reform passes. That’s the issue even for those who support a compromise. The GOP trusted Democrats in 1986 when there was a lot more reason to do so, and got stiffed on the border and visa reforms. They’re not going to offer that level of trust with an executive branch that has demonstrated its untrustworthiness repeatedly over the last four years on ObamaCare, and Barack Obama’s declared ambitions to govern through EOs and regulation while bypassing Congress.

Bush says he will decide on whether to run for President by the end of the year, which means that … he’s just like everyone else in that regard. Whether he chooses to run depends on whether he can try running a different kind of campaign:

In a rambling answer that suggested he has given serious thought to the prospects of running for a job once held by his father and brother, Bush said he would decide whether to run for president by the end of this year. He appeared to bemoan the thought of having to spend time attending political cattle calls in early-primary states, suggesting that some candidates might devote too much time to questions such as, “How am I going to get to win the Muscatine Pork Roast straw poll, or something like that.”

Bush said he ultimately would base his decision on whether a candidate can “run with a hopeful, optimistic message, hopefully with enough detail to give people a sense that it’s not just idle words and not get back into the vortex of the mud fight.”

Good luck on that score.  The last innovator in a presidential primary was Rudy Giuliani, who thought he could skip over some of the traditional “here and now” states to win big in Bush’s Florida backyard, and that … didn’t work out so well.


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And you thought the conservative revolt against Romney was bad…

joekenha on April 7, 2014 at 9:23 AM

Deport the Bushes to Mexico.

We don’t have jobs for our own citizens. We don’t have the money for our own poor. It’s Mexico’s responsibility to deal with tegu own citizens, not ours. Pack them up and send them home, by forced march if necessary.

ConstantineXI on April 7, 2014 at 9:25 AM

THE REASON WE DON’T NEED ANOTHER BUSH AS PRESIDENT

Kuffar on April 7, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Bush/Christie both need to run to split the establishment voting bloc and donor base.

commodore on April 7, 2014 at 9:27 AM

Please, God, make it stop. Bumper sticker needed: TOO MUCH BUSH IS BAD!

JenBee on April 7, 2014 at 9:27 AM

If he is the nominee, I WILL vote only the down-ticket.
What a useless piece of dreck!

annoyinglittletwerp on April 7, 2014 at 9:27 AM

many of those who illegally come to the United States do so out of an act of love

I think he meant “out of total disregard of our laws”

jmtham156 on April 7, 2014 at 9:28 AM

Jumping down from the Headlines…

Whence it comes.

Undocumented immigrants present a special concern. Often their presence is considered criminal since they arrive without legal permission. Under the harshest view, undocumented people may be regarded as undeserving of rights or services. This is not the view of Catholic social teaching. The Catholic Church teaches that every person has basic human rights and is entitled to have basic human needs met—food, shelter, clothing, education, and health care. Undocumented persons are particularly vulnerable to exploitation by employers, and they are not able to complain because of the fear of discovery and deportation. Current immigration policy that criminalizes the mere attempt to immigrate and imprisons immigrants who have committed no crime or who have already served a just sentence for a crime is immoral.

-US Conference of Catholic Bishops (Catholic Social Teaching On Immigration And The Movement Of Peoples)

Emphasis mine / idiocy Jeb’s

mankai on April 7, 2014 at 9:28 AM

Jeb Bush’s “act of love” comment sounds an awful lot like compassionate conservatism. To be fair he narrowed down who the “lovers” are quite a bit but they are still here illegally- even if it is a act of commitment to their family.

No more Bushes or Clintons- we don’t need dynasts.

Happy Nomad on April 7, 2014 at 9:29 AM

First you think the Republicans could not possibly be this stupid, then you think about McCain.

claudius on April 7, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Sounds like what Fred Thompson tried as well. Running on your name recognition may not be a good strategery for a Bush. Wonder what his position on nation building is.

Kissmygrits on April 7, 2014 at 9:30 AM

It’s not “an act of love”. It is a selfish act.

When one takes it upon themselves to break the law, knowing a legal process exists, a legal process by the way that many others choose to take, it is both greedy and self-absorbed.

A person who starts their journey to our country this way knows nothing about the fabric or culture of America.

Marcus Traianus on April 7, 2014 at 9:30 AM

But most people who illegally enter the United States do so “because they couldn’t come legally, they come to our country because their families rob people at gunpoint — the dad who loved their children — was worried that their children didn’t have food on the table,” Bush said. “And they wanted to make sure their family was intact, and they crossed the border mugged people 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.

What the difference?

bigmacdaddy on April 7, 2014 at 9:30 AM

So Ed…is this the hill?

DanMan on April 7, 2014 at 9:31 AM

mankai on April 7, 2014 at 9:28 AM

Many of us Catholics have no use for the USCCB.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 7, 2014 at 9:32 AM

But most people who illegally enter the United States do so “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 why is it that so many Mexicans can’t put food on their table in their own country?

rbj on April 7, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Jeb, thanks so much for putting the final nail in the coffin of our country’s respect for the rule of law.

LashRambo on April 7, 2014 at 9:32 AM

“A great country ought to know where those folks are and politely ask them to leave,” he said,

This might be the dumbest thing I’ve ever seen. Please illegals, don’t break our laws and kindly go home. That’ll show them.

Flange on April 7, 2014 at 9:32 AM

In a word: RINO.

“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.

Peckerhead. “Leave pretty please with sugar on top.” barf

MisterElephant on April 7, 2014 at 9:32 AM

I have a ton of respect for the family. But not Jeb. This is really the only Republican thats interested so far, that I hope just decides to not enter the primaries.

hawkdriver on April 7, 2014 at 9:33 AM

If he is the nominee, I WILL vote only the down-ticket.
What a useless piece of dreck!

annoyinglittletwerp on April 7, 2014 at 9:27 AM

I agree. But I will say this- unlike the shifty Marco Rubio, he flat out says he’s for amnesty of the illegals. He embraces the fact that illegals are going to be rewarded sooner or later and he doesn’t go into the standard GOP riff about pathways to citizenship only after the borders are secured.

Happy Nomad on April 7, 2014 at 9:33 AM

The Bush family’s compassionate conservatism is neither.

Fallon on April 7, 2014 at 9:33 AM

So Ed…is this the hill?

DanMan on April 7, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Don’t be silly. The hill to take a stand on is as mythical as a unicorn or Michelle Obama’s charm. It just isn’t a real thing. There will always be another hill, another time, when the GOP promises to take a stand.

Happy Nomad on April 7, 2014 at 9:35 AM

Oh boy.

I think he’s done – which is a good thing.

gophergirl on April 7, 2014 at 9:36 AM

“Yes, they broke the law, but it’s not a felony. It’s an act of love.”

…kinda like sexual assault…

Ricard on April 7, 2014 at 9:37 AM

One has to wonder how having a Mexican wife influences what he said. Because it’s just bald-faced stupid.

LashRambo on April 7, 2014 at 9:37 AM

This SOB is a dunce like Sarah Palin wishes he were to get her out of the basement.

Stupid.

Breathtakingly stupid.

Kill the bastard.

thejackal on April 7, 2014 at 9:37 AM

At least we can stop worrying about a third Bush in the White House.

p0s3r on April 7, 2014 at 9:38 AM

“Yes, they broke the law, but it’s not a felony. It’s an act of love.”

…kinda like sexual assault…

Ricard on April 7, 2014 at 9:37 AM

It’s like fanny patting. It’s not a felony. It’s an act of love.

LashRambo on April 7, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Now that you’ve expressed your opinion…Shutup Jeb…You’re unfit for the presidency.

workingclass artist on April 7, 2014 at 9:39 AM

Way to play right into the left’s hands there, Jeb.

Cripes.

tru2tx on April 7, 2014 at 9:39 AM

If the government puts in a 100% effort for 10 straight years of enforcement to force the illegals out of the nation through deportation, attrition, border security, VISA follow ups, workplace enforcement and stringent consequences for employers of illegals I will be willing to consider amnesty. Not a day earlier.
The amnesty must be passed with the following. A constitutional amendment that declares that all citizens of the nation have automatic standing in court cases to force the government to enforce immigration laws. A constitutional amendment that declares that children of non permanent residents of the United States of America are not considered American citizens at birth.

1) 10 years solid enforcement.
2) A constitutional Amendment that gives citizens the right to force the federal government to enforce the laws it passes on immigration.
3) A constitutional Amendment that makes it explicitly clear that ‘anchor babies’ are not citizens of the United States of America upon birth.

Then we can consider whether or not those remaining should be rounded up en mass or given some kind of legal status.

astonerii on April 7, 2014 at 9:39 AM

Jeb is a good Democrat

Hillary will have a tough time running against him in the primary!

Obamatrix on April 7, 2014 at 9:39 AM

One has to wonder how having a Mexican wife influences what he said. Because it’s just bald-faced stupid.

LashRambo on April 7, 2014 at 9:37 AM

His wife was an illegal as a child?

workingclass artist on April 7, 2014 at 9:40 AM

Dear GOP,

You are cowards and quislings. You prove to us again and again that you have no guiding principles but to hold on to your minority status with your never-ending practice of Democratic me-tooism and big business money-seeking corruption. You don’t care about the middle class any more than the progs do. You are a bunch of old farts who are clueless about traditional America. You are panderers and fools. You suck.

Good-bye and no luck to you.

Yours truly,

The Forgotten

Nomennovum on April 7, 2014 at 9:41 AM

While Jeb’s comments were silly (at best) – too many self described conservatives respond in a fashion that may actually drive people toward Bush.

Respond with a reasoned argument – not anger.

jake-the-goose on April 7, 2014 at 9:42 AM

UGH!
I don’t know WTH he is talking about. There are more Mexicans in my little section of the world than anything else.
The whole debate pisses me off and if Jeb is the nominee, they might as well not have an election and give all the money saved to the school lunch program and breakfast program and soon to be dinner program that is feeding the Mexicans.
The problem is we need no more of Mexico’s population. Legal or illegal, We have enough, we have so many, we don’t even know who is here. That is not solved by making everyone legal. That is solved by having and immigration program, which we do not.
I drive through the Williamette Valley and the migrant workers are working the fields, they started last week. They bus them in on school busses and there are dozens of them in the fields with porta potties at intervals. Next comes the crap about jobs Americans won’t do, right? Well guess what? it is all bs.
Funny how we have strict laws for some things and are absolutely lawless for others. It all depends on who benefits.
UGH.

ORconservative on April 7, 2014 at 9:42 AM

I got a feeling that after the November elections and the shellacking the Dems are going to take that the Lame Duck President will produce an executive order granting amnesty. He is going to be powerless to do anything other than issue EO’s left and right and Amnesty will be one of them.

He will deem US border control and immigration laws unconstitutional like he did with the DOMA and refuse to enforce them. Pretty simple actually.

The Republicans will do nothing to stop it.

Johnnyreb on April 7, 2014 at 9:42 AM

If Obama was able to run again, and Jeb was the Republican candidate, I would still vote for a third party.

I suggest that any amnesty law include a provision allowing everyone one free pass; we all get to pick a nonviolent offense that for the rest of our lives we will not get prosecuted for. Me, I’m picking the income tax requirement.

Over50 on April 7, 2014 at 9:44 AM

It’s “an act of love,” Bush argued, “not a felony”…

Like home invasion.

David Blue on April 7, 2014 at 9:45 AM

Illegals … hiding in the Bushes.

idesign on April 7, 2014 at 9:45 AM

Many of us Catholics have no use for the USCCB.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 7, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Yeah, what do bishops know about what is moral or immoral?/

Of course, I don’t give a flip what the USCCB has to say about anything (seeing as Vat 2 [etc.] condemns me to fiery torment, I’m not inclined to care about lesser matters), but that’s no longer my problem.

Bishops, teaching in communion with the Roman Pontiff, are to be respected by all as witnesses to divine and Catholic truth. In matters of faith and morals, the bishops speak in the name of Christ and the faithful are to accept their teaching and adhere to it with a religious assent. -Vat II

Besides the power of order, bishops possess that of jurisdiction; they have the right to prescribe for the faithful the rules which the latter must follow in order to obtain eternal salvation. -Catholic Encyclopedia

No one is allowed to preach Christian doctrine without the consent of the bishop, or at least without his knowledge if it is a question of exempt religious preaching in their own churches (Council of Trent, Sess. V, De ref., ch., ii; Sess. XVIV, De ref., ch. iv). The Bishop has power to supervise writings published or read in his diocese; works regarding the sacred sciences are subject to his approbation; he may forbid the reading of dangerous books and newspapers. He exercises a special control over the publications of the secular clergy, who are bound to consult him before undertaking the direction of newspapers or of publishing works even upon profane matters… -Catholic Encyclopedia

You’re commanded to find use for them.

mankai on April 7, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Jeb,drive around Houston but stay in the city limits and see what that “love”has done turning neighborhoods into hoods.

docflash on April 7, 2014 at 9:46 AM

The proposal last year did make a good effort at finding a middle ground.

Uh, no. It was treason … and stupidity.

“middle ground” … what drugs are you on?

The problem wasn’t the bill as much as it was who it trusted to enforce it.

LOL. The people who sponsored, voted for and supported that bill are just as untrustworthy … and stupid. Do you have no respect for the concept of national sovereignty, at all? Sure, you hate the Rule of Law – obviously – but sovereignty? Not even that?

Jeb Bush lives at Hotair, it seems. What a friggin joke.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on April 7, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Tell it to all of their victims.

JellyToast on April 7, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Bush says he will decide on whether to run for President by the end of the year, which means that … he’s just like everyone else in that regard. Whether he chooses to run depends on whether he can try running a different kind of campaign

“Hey…I’ll just phone it in cause Bush Inc. has loads of money and ordinary folks are tiresome or something…And maybe we’ll upgrade ORCA…” – potential GOP contender Jeb Bush

No wonder his own mama doesn’t want him to run saying America has had enough Bushes.

workingclass artist on April 7, 2014 at 9:47 AM

It’s “an act of love,” Bush argued, “not a felony”:

Stop me when I get to the part that isn’t a felony:

Entering the country illegally.

Using fake documentation, like Social Security Cards to obtain “employment.

Failing to pay federal income taxes.

Need I go on?

For that matter, why isn’t it okay if that illegal father goes the next step and steals food and clothes to provide for his family? What Jeb Bush is essentially saying is that the rule of law doesn’t matter.

Happy Nomad on April 7, 2014 at 9:47 AM

As bad as this sounds coming from this disgusting gas-bag, it’s basically what “progressives” Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Paul Ryan and the entire GOP establishment have been saying for a while now.

The GOP thinks that pushing AMNESTY is a winning strategy – The GOP is wrong.

Pork-Chop on April 7, 2014 at 9:47 AM

thejackal on April 7, 2014 at 9:37 AM

Cleanup on aisle four, please. Cleanup on aisle four.

Fallon on April 7, 2014 at 9:48 AM

well jeb, i thought that nothing could make me do other than vote straight republican ticket this year and in ’16. no matter how much it hurt.

you, you ridiculous moron, just blew that up. legal immigrants and illegal immigrants are not the same. if you don’t realize that, go fishing. leave us alone. take rubio with you.

jlw on April 7, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Jeb’s wife is Mexican, no?

Go away and don’t come back, both of them. He is a traitor to the Country.

D-fusit on April 7, 2014 at 9:48 AM

You’ve just given voters no reason to vote for you.
That is, of course, if you run.

Way to go, Jeb.

TimBuk3 on April 7, 2014 at 9:49 AM

I got a feeling that after the November elections and the shellacking the Dems are going to take that the Lame Duck President will produce an executive order granting amnesty. He is going to be powerless to do anything other than issue EO’s left and right and Amnesty will be one of them.

He will deem US border control and immigration laws unconstitutional like he did with the DOMA and refuse to enforce them. Pretty simple actually.

The Republicans will do nothing to stop it.

Johnnyreb on April 7, 2014 at 9:42 AM

Impeachment is possible with a GOP majority in both the House and the Senate.

Hang the Ghetto rioters and Occupy.

workingclass artist on April 7, 2014 at 9:50 AM

So, if I don’t pay my taxes, can I tell the IRS it’s an act of love, not a felony?

Gothguy on April 7, 2014 at 9:51 AM

I am convinced many years back.. some forward thinking strategically brilliant Democrats got together, sat down and said “We need some people on our side to join the Republican party. They need to pretend to be Republicans.. pretend to be conservatives and we will pretend to be at war with them.. but once they are in power.. they will be working for us.”

JellyToast on April 7, 2014 at 9:51 AM

It was political suicide to say it, even if you believe it. Even he knew that.

What he thought was political courage, was just stupidity.

Bigbullets on April 7, 2014 at 9:51 AM

Jeb is just trying to warm up Texas to immigration. The way to stop him is for Texans to NOT elect his boy George P as Land Commissioner in November. If Texas will ‘Just say NO’ to Bush it will end the dynasty. But Texans will vote Bush, even if just for the old man G.H.W.
There once was a time I would have also, but these days I’m saving my vote for secession.

Willys on April 7, 2014 at 9:52 AM

The problem is we need no more of Mexico’s population. Legal or illegal, We have enough, we have so many, we don’t even know who is here.

ORconservative on April 7, 2014 at 9:42 AM

I would vote for the first Republican who had the guts to start their schpeal about immigration on that basis.

Cleombrotus on April 7, 2014 at 9:52 AM

Yes, they broke the law, but it’s not a felony. It’s an act of love. – Jeb Bush

If we had a problem, it’s because I loved her so much. – OJ Simpson

redzap on April 7, 2014 at 9:52 AM

Jeb Bush, Exhibit A that the Republican Party Establishment
has lost it’s Effing mind.

ToddPA on April 7, 2014 at 9:53 AM

“A great country ought to know where those folks are and politely ask them to leave,”

Would Jebbie ‘politely’ ask a burglar to leave his home?

After all, the burglar could be acting out of love for his family?

Resist We Much on April 7, 2014 at 9:54 AM

Why do I have this sick feeling that Bush is going to be the nominee?

mankai on April 7, 2014 at 9:55 AM

Oh sweet Jesus, come back and save us from ourselves.

crosshugger on April 7, 2014 at 9:56 AM

Politicians used to tell Americans that we had to let in as many struggling immigrants as wanted to come because they were desperate for freedom (“huddled masses yearning to breathe free”). But today’s foreigners aren’t coming here for “freedom,” they’re coming for money. But it doesn’t sound too persuasive to tell struggling American middle-class types that they need to give up more of their own hard-earned money so that millions of third-world poor can get access to more food stamps, welfare, “tax credits,” Medicaid, Obamacare subsidies, Obamaphones, etc. So instead, now we get this ludicrous “it’s for the children!!!” crapola.

Today’s illegal aliens aren’t coming here as an act of love; it’s an act of greed. And most of us can understand why poor people want to go to the country where they can get the most “free” stuff. What we can’t understand is why idiot politicians like Bush refuse to even acknowledge the very real cost to American citizens and taxpayers of providing all this “free” stuff to as many poor foreigners and criminals as are willing to break our laws to come here and get it.

AZCoyote on April 7, 2014 at 9:56 AM

mankai on April 7, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Being that I’ve also been Jewish and protestant-I still kind of retain the ability to thing for myself.
When it comes to ‘social justice’-the bishops are WRONG.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 7, 2014 at 9:56 AM

Thing should THINK.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 7, 2014 at 9:57 AM

I got a feeling that after the November elections and the shellacking the Dems are going to take that the Lame Duck President will produce an executive order granting amnesty. He is going to be powerless to do anything other than issue EO’s left and right and Amnesty will be one of them.

He will deem US border control and immigration laws unconstitutional like he did with the DOMA and refuse to enforce them. Pretty simple actually.

The Republicans will do nothing to stop it.

Johnnyreb on April 7, 2014 at 9:42 AM

Oh yeah… if the GOP sweeps congress… Obama is going to go even further left like a cornered rat. I would not be surprised… but I also think the Democrat Senate and House controlled by Boehner will lunge toward the left after the November election. In between November and Jan… I expect Boehner to help the Democrats as much as he can.

I’m starting to realize the danger in this transition period after elections. Our founders made a big mistake here…. I now believe if you lost the election you need to leave office right away.

JellyToast on April 7, 2014 at 9:57 AM

For that matter, why isn’t it okay if that illegal father goes the next step and steals food and clothes to provide for his family? What Jeb Bush is essentially saying is that the rule of law doesn’t matter.

Happy Nomad on April 7, 2014 at 9:47 AM

Look at other countries where rule of law is replaced by rule of men and see how that’s working out for them. Unless we preserve, protect, defend … in short, support, the Constitution, as the basis for our laws, then, aren’t we screwed? And isn’t that what Obama’s Presidency has been about, replacing the rule of law with his judgment and sensibilities? Obama doesn’t respect the law or rule of law. Obama uses the law as a cudgel to get what he wants, but he doesn’t respect it.

LashRambo on April 7, 2014 at 9:57 AM

The problem is we need no more of Mexico’s population. Legal or illegal, We have enough, we have so many, we don’t even know who is here.

ORconservative on April 7, 2014 at 9:42 AM

There’s more OTM’s than Mexicans coming over the border illegally and a lot of mexican businesses here use them as cheaper labor.

workingclass artist on April 7, 2014 at 9:59 AM

Impeachment is possible with a GOP majority in both the House and the Senate.

workingclass artist on April 7, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Impeachment may be possible in the House, but even if the GOP had the 67 votes in the Senate required to convict and remove, it would still be almost impossible.

Recall that there were only 45 guilty votes for perjury and 50 for obstruction of justice in the Clinton trial…and the GOP had 55 seats.

In reality, impeachment, conviction, and removal are not political. They are borne by an overwhelming majority of the public. Without Nixon-like anger against a sitting POTUS by the public, impeachment, conviction, and removal will never happen.

Resist We Much on April 7, 2014 at 9:59 AM

“I’m going to say this, and it’ll be on tape,”

Wow, how brave.

Akzed on April 7, 2014 at 10:00 AM

But most people who illegally enter the United States do so “because they couldn’t come legally,..

There is your answer, Jeb. Unfortunately (for the U.S.), the money earned by illegals is remitted to the country where the rest of the family resides. Our nation loses either way. The under-the-table- illegals send the money to their home country tax-free, or their families bleed out system via tax-paid social services.

onlineanalyst on April 7, 2014 at 10:00 AM

2015/16… What will happen… there will be no “pure” conservative to run (even if what he says is 100% pure, some anomaly from 25 years ago will be beaten for all it’s worth)… as one candidate rises to the top momentarily, the press and the purists will scour for any deviation (on different ends, of course)… one by one they’ll be crucified until we’re left with the weakest candidate who also has a lot of money from the weak establishment.

This happens because the conservatives will be forced to spend money early as they fend off the press and the purists.*

In the end, the weak candidate will keep the base at home. Hillary gets elected.

*The only hope is that a consensus conservative candidate emerges and the purists see that 99% is better than nothing.

mankai on April 7, 2014 at 10:01 AM

Meanwhile millions of Americans languish in prison for indulging in human vices cause the War on Drugs is an Act of LOVE….

roflmmfao

donabernathy on April 7, 2014 at 10:01 AM

Does anyone know these types of illegals? Most of them in my area are
in gangs and/or living in illegal housing. That’s the reality of illegal immigration…crime, ruined neighborhoods and poor schools.

monalisa on April 7, 2014 at 10:02 AM

One has to wonder how having a Mexican wife influences what he said. Because it’s just bald-faced stupid.

LashRambo on April 7, 2014 at 9:37 AM

His wife was an illegal as a child?

workingclass artist on April 7, 2014 at 9:40 AM

Not that I know. I was just questioning his motives, his sentiments, which I honestly shouldn’t do. What he said stands on his own, as colossally stupid. Breathtakingly stupid. And dangerous, as it helps tear down the country’s respect for the rule of law, this from a Bush, who’s one of the standard bearers for the GOP, the “rule of law”, “law and order” party. It boggles the mind.

LashRambo on April 7, 2014 at 10:03 AM

Kill the bastard.

thejackal on April 7, 2014 at 9:37 AM

You need to walk that back. Now. The mod sees it or it gets reported. You’re history. Rightfully so.

Bmore on April 7, 2014 at 10:04 AM

I will never vote for Jeb Bush.

His statement makes his disregard for the interests of American citizens and legal immigrants clear, as well as his outright disdain for the rule of law.

How can a person, in good conscience, vote for an individual to be president of the United States, knowing that the individual has demonstrated an eagerness to trample the rule of law underfoot to service their own ambitions?

Jeb Bush, in this statement, makes it eminently clear that he puts his own ambition before the best interests of the nation, its citizens, its legal immigrants, and the 4.5 million potential legal immigrants waiting in line around the world to come to this nation legally.

I think if Jeb Bush wants to be president his statement makes it clear that he’d be better suited to run for president of Mexico than for president of the United States.

And if Mexico’s electorate was foolish enough to elect him… I’d pity them.

thatsafactjack on April 7, 2014 at 10:04 AM

The illegal invasion is an act of war and Bush’s words are an act of treason.

Buddahpundit on April 7, 2014 at 10:04 AM

We’ve tried that compassionate conservatism BS before. Look what it brought us….BHO!

tomshup on April 7, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Wannabe president Jeb Bush, on his knees performing an act of politician-love on la raza.

Here in CA, around 18% to 20% of prisoners held on charges of first degree murder are illegal aliens.

We, the American citizens Bush no longer cares about, pay billions every year just to house illegal alien felons in state prisons and jails and federal prisons in just CA alone.

Bush loves that too I’m sure.

DrDeano on April 7, 2014 at 10:05 AM

for those predicting this ruins his chance at the nomination, remember mccain in 2007. he looked dead in the water, he was leaking funds and staffers and managed to come back and win the primaries. when the rubber hits the road immigration just isnt a big enough issue to the majority of voters.

chasdal on April 7, 2014 at 10:05 AM

And here I thought Jeb’s fingerprints all over Common Core was going to do him in.

monalisa on April 7, 2014 at 10:06 AM

If I want a democrat I’ll vote for one with the courage of conviction to actually wear the label. F this RINO trash and all like him!

Doomsday on April 7, 2014 at 10:06 AM

When he’s inevitably forced out of the primary, the leftist press will endorse his agenda while mourning the demise of one of the few enlightened Republicans, blaming his defeat on right-wing xenophobia and mere Bush fatigue.

Akzed on April 7, 2014 at 10:06 AM

I’m not going to respond to Jeb here. It’s a waste of time to argue with someone who has purposely thought himself half-way through his arguments. Jeb has no intention of being a serious, intelligent, thinking adult on the subject of illegal immigration.

I’ll note another thing about Jeb’s game here. He has no intention of fighting to curtail illegal immigration. Once he gets illegals here amnestied, he, like all the others who profess to be working hard to “fix” immigration, will turn a blind eye to illegal immigration again.

Jeb is no different than Obama in his disingenuousness here, and I for one, see no reason why he should be considered trustworthy on anything else.

Dusty on April 7, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Impeachment may be possible in the House, but even if the GOP had the 67 votes in the Senate required to convict and remove, it would still be almost impossible.

Recall that there were only 45 guilty votes for perjury and 50 for obstruction of justice in the Clinton trial…and the GOP had 55 seats.

In reality, impeachment, conviction, and removal are not political. They are borne by an overwhelming majority of the public. Without Nixon-like anger against a sitting POTUS by the public, impeachment, conviction, and removal will never happen.

Resist We Much on April 7, 2014 at 9:59 AM

I see your point but proceedings can’t even be started unless GOP wins.

I guess we’ll see.

workingclass artist on April 7, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Of all of the talking points a Bush might mention in a public statement THIS is the one that they thought might somehow resonate with the voters?

If nothing else the pure stupid here should be enough to disqualify him public office. Any public office.

trapeze on April 7, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Jeb’s toast, for several reasons. Sneaking across our borders “for a better life…as an act of love” ignores that that “better life” begins, and probably ends, with thousands of dollars of taxpayer subsidized welfare. It really is an act of self-serving lawlessness. If the person was an Anglo sneaking into Mexico, he would be robbed by the cops, beaten (and raped, if female), then tossed into a hellhole for months before being poured back across the border, if still alive. And, Jeb seems to be living in the bygone Age of Bi-partisanship. Thanks to The One and his minions in the Senate and their demagoguery, lies, rules breaking, demonizing of any opposition, etc., Jeb must be living in La-La Land if he thinks he can ‘work’ with ‘people’ in forging true, bipartisan legislation – unless he thinks he can get at least one Rino to go along with what the dems want. Toss in an entire Bureaucracy captured by lawless Leftist political hacks and, well, you see what I mean. I’m just glad I won’t live long enough to experience the total demise of our Constitutional Republic – yeah, I know, so are the trolls.

vnvet on April 7, 2014 at 10:08 AM

“A great country ought to know where those folks are and politely ask them to leave,”

Jeb Bush

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Would Jebbie ‘politely’ ask a burglar to leave his home?

After all, the burglar could be acting out of love for his family?

Resist We Much on April 7, 2014 at 9:54 AM

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Best damn analogy, so far.

listens2glenn on April 7, 2014 at 10:09 AM

DaTechGuy on DaRadio on April 7, 2014 at 10:05 AM

I think he also said Mexicans were excellent breeders or something?

workingclass artist on April 7, 2014 at 10:10 AM

So next we have a socialist running against a socialist lite?

Damn, we are so lost people!

I am not even a Christian and I am thinking end of days type things. I guess I could always convert…

NiteOwl on April 7, 2014 at 10:11 AM

One has to wonder how having a Mexican wife influences what he said. Because it’s just bald-faced stupid.

LashRambo on April 7, 2014 at 9:37 AM

It’s probable that, in the rarefied atmosphere the Bushes live, they do not ever have to deal with the consequences of illegal immigration and only interpret the issue according to their own circumstances.

Cleombrotus on April 7, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Jeb Bush: Immigrants are more fertile

http://hotair.com/archives/2013/06/14/jeb-bush-immigrants-are-more-fertile/

workingclass artist on April 7, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Tell Bush to save his money….don’t bother running in 2016.

GarandFan on April 7, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Illegal immigration isn’t about the illegals….it’s about us. It’s about what we cherish of the American ideal. The leftist see votes and power, the corporatist see profits, and the politicians like Bush, steeped in dark cynicism, see nothing unique about the American experiment. If we no longer recognize the importance of legal citizenship and sovereignty, then there is now only an America in name, and not the underlying ideal which gave rise to its existence.

Mr. Bush perverts the notion of love and charity with his own brand of cynicism. I’ve held my nose repeatedly voting for neo-socialists but not this time.

cthemfly on April 7, 2014 at 10:12 AM

vnvet on April 7, 2014 at 10:08 AM

I think you will be surprised at how fast the fall is. The people did not even blink at the rush Obama brought and reelected him to office.

astonerii on April 7, 2014 at 10:13 AM

I’m starting to realize the danger in this transition period after elections. Our founders made a big mistake here…. I now believe if you lost the election you need to leave office right away.

JellyToast on April 7, 2014 at 9:57 AM

Until about 1870 or so there was a very legitimate reason for the delay. People had to travel from their home State to DC after the election. Sometimes those trips took a month or more.

Johnnyreb on April 7, 2014 at 10:13 AM

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