Jeb Bush: ‘Republicans need to cease being the obstacle to immigration reform’by George Bennett | July 1st, 2013
Bush and Clint Bolick, who co-authored a book on immigration reform earlier this year, penned a Wall Street Journal column that says the Senate-passed immigration overhaul bill could use some improvements, such as clearer border-security “triggers” and a tougher E-Verify system.
But Bush and Bolick say the Senate legislation is not “amnesty,” as many critics on the right contend. And the say the bill, which has Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio as a key supporter, “addresses most of the flaws of the current system.”
Noting the GOP’s poor 2012 performance with Hispanic voters, the pair say Republicans can improve their appeal to Latinos by working toward reform legislation.
“Republicans have much in common with immigrants—beliefs in hard work, enterprise, family, education, patriotism and faith,” Bush and Bolick write. “But for their voice to penetrate the gateway, Republicans need to cease being the obstacle to immigration reform and instead point the way toward the solution.”