Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush (R) came out against creating a pathway to citizenship in comprehensive immigration reform. Bush only wants a pathway to legal residency.
During an interview on NBC’s Today show Bush said, “Our proposal is a proposal that looks forward and if we want to create an immigration policy that’s going to work, we can’t continue to make illegal immigration an easier path than legal immigration. There’s a natural friction between our immigrant heritage and the rule of law. This is the right place to be in that sense. Not to take away people’s rights”
Jeb Bush is considered a top tier 2016 candidate and also said today he would not rule out a possible run. This gives added importance to his position on immigration because several members of Congress that are working to shape a possible immigration reform, like Sen. Macro Rubio (R-FL), are also considering a 2016 run. Jeb’s position and possible candidacy could shape policy decision being made in the near future.
It could make individuals like Rubio less willing to support a bill with a pathway to citizenship if they believe it will open them up to attack from the right in a 2016 presidential primary. While a pathway to citizenship is generally very popular with regular Americans, the Republican primary electorate is significantly more conservative than the rest of the country.
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