• Jeb Bush: ‘Punish’ Illegal Immigrants with ‘Legal Status’

    In his extensive interview with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly, Republican presidential hopeful and former Florida governor Jeb Bush fielded several questions on the controversial subject of legal and illegal immigration.

    In the past, Jeb Bush has said that he thinks people who break immigration laws to enter the US should be given a pass because their criminal behavior is a “act of love” and they only ignore the law because they were trying to reunite with their families.

    “The way I look at this,” Jeb Bush said in 2014, “is someone who comes to our country because they couldn’t come legally, they come to our country because . . . 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.”

    And when asked by Kelly what he thinks should be the proper legal response when dealing with people who ignore America’s immigration law, Jeb said “I think illegal immigration ought to be punished by coming out from the shadows, earning legal status over an extended period of time where you pay a fine, where you work, where you don’t receive government assistance, where you learn English, where you don’t—where you’re deported if you commit a crime as is the law.”

    Given his past comments on immigration, I can’t give Jeb Bush a pass for saying that it’s a “punishment” to offer an illegal immigrant the opportunity to take advantage of the process of “legal status.”

    No. The punishment for crossing the American boarder or overstaying your visa or coming to America illegally in any way, should be a one way ticket back to whatever county you came from. Period.


    Jerome Hudson

    Managing Editor

    Jerome Hudson has written for numerous national outlets, including The Hill, National Review, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was recognized as one of Florida’s emerging stars, having been included in the list “25 Under 30: Florida’s Rising Young Political Class.” Hudson is a Savannah, Ga. native who currently resides in Florida.

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