Jeb Bush Calls Illegal Immigration An ‘Act Of Love’

Jeb Bush spoke at an event marking the 25th anniversary of his father, George H. W. Bush’s presidency. The subject of immigration came up, and, well, his comments are sure to generate some controversy.

“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.

“There are means by which we can control our border better than we have. And there should be penalties for breaking the law,” he added. “But the way I look at this — and I’m going to say this, and it’ll be on tape and so be it. The way I look at this is someone who comes to our country 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 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.” (Read More)

How many millions of people in the world are having trouble providing for their families? Are we supposed to let them all come here illegally? What about all of the American citizens who can’t find jobs, or have stagnant wages and can’t make ends meet? Does Bush give any thought to them?

Update: A few stats that you might want to check your blood pressure before reading.