Jeb Bush receives criticism for statements on immigration

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
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An immigration enforcement activist says no one has made a statement regarding illegal immigration as ridiculous as was made by former Florida governor Jeb Bush over the weekend.

The Washington Post reports that during a celebration marking the 25th anniversary of the presidency of his father George H.W. Bush, Jeb Bush said 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 others who illegally cross U.S. borders or overstay visas. Bush also voiced his support for the Senate bill passed last year that would give an amnesty to millions of illegal aliens.

William Gheen is President of Americans for Legal Immigration PAC or ALIPAC. He says Bush's "act of love" comment is ridiculous.


"You could say that prostitutes do what they do out of an act love for their children and families,” he says. “Or that bank robbers are engaging in an act of love because they're stealing the money not just for themselves but maybe for some of their family members. No one has ever said anything as ridiculous as this before."

But Gheen says there is a real possibility that in 2016, it may come down to a choice between the Bush dynasty versus the Clinton dynasty on the presidential ticket. 

"It may! And Americans would once again be stuck in between two candidates pretending to be opponents but that actually have the same Soros backed power on core issues of economy immigration and war,” he says. “The fact that we would be forced to have to vote for one of them is catastrophic, disgusting, outlandish, outrageous, intolerable."

At the same event, Bush said he would make a decision by the end of this year about whether to run for president in 2016. Gheen says he only hopes that Bush's position on immigration will be quite clear to conservative Republican voters, and they can derail his candidacy.

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