Saturday, April 12, 2014

Bush Stands by Immigration Comments


CNN reports that Jeb Bush is standing by comments on immigration reform that sparked a controversy among some conservatives. At a speech Thursday night, the possible 2016 Republican presidential candidate said that his words were nothing new, and made another pitch for reform saying that "comprehensive immigration reform is part of the answer." Last weekend, at a gathering at his father's presidential library in Texas, Bush said that people who come to the United States illegally are often looking for opportunities to provide for their families that are not available in their home countries, adding "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."

Senator Ted Cruz offered a fairly even-keeled response to Jeb Bush's comments:



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"there should be a price paid"

Actually, there shouldn't. If you are not supposed to be in the should not be in the country. It's that simple, with no legal punishment or financial penalty. Bush's "price paid", presumably a token fine and then every unlawfully present alien gets to stay is not a reasonable policy position for a wannabe president. It amounts to a de facto unlimited immigration policy--forever--and that is not sustainable.

Bush subscribes to the simplistic economic view that population growth = bigger economy and thus is the economy policy of choice with no mention of any downsides. When would he stop? Is he a "cornucopian"? Rand Paul is not the best on immigration policy but at least he acknowledges "we can't invite the whole world." Bush apparently thinks, "Why not let the whole world stay if they show up uninvited? So long as they do not intend harm." He myopically only sees a benefit to people in any number coming to the U.S. whereas unbiased, reasonable people recognize downsides.

Posted by: Jack | Apr 13, 2014 7:52:02 PM

"improve and streamline legal immigration"

Those are code words for BIG increase. Ted Cruz is one of those types who think the way to prevent illegal immigration is to issue so many visas and green cards that practically everyone in the world would get one. Problem solved! Of course, then you would end up with a billion+ population after not that long. But the percenetage of illegal aliens would be lower (big whoop--the ecological overshoot would be the same). He wants to quintuple H-1B. He fools some people into thinking he is strong on immigration by supposedly opposing citizenship. More sophisticated observers know that once the mass legalization which he supports were granted, citizenship is inevitable anyway.

Posted by: Jack | Apr 13, 2014 8:10:16 PM

"the simple fact is, there is no conflict between enforcing our laws, believing in the rule of law and having some sensitivity to the immigrant experience" - Jeb Bush

That's just politician double-talk. Language like "sensitivity to the immigrant experience" is usually code for we shouldn't enforce immigration law and thus is contradictory with supposed support for rule of law. Of course, he's not the first politician to claim support for rule of law out of one side of his mouth while at the same time demanding illegality be rewarded out of the other.

Posted by: Jack | Apr 13, 2014 11:22:00 PM

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