Opposing in-state tuition for illegal immigrants is going “over the line,” according to former Florida Governor and likely GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush.
In an interview that aired Monday on Fox News, Bush, who supported granting in-state tuition for illegal immigrants when he was governor, noted that Florida’s version of the DREAM Act was recently passed by a “conservative Republican legislature led by a very courageous Speaker of the House” and signed into law by Republican Governor Rick Scott.
“I supported that,” he said. “If you’ve been here for an extended period of time, you have no nexus to the country of your parents, what are we supposed to do? Marginalize these people forever?”
He added that “there’s got to be a point where we fix this system so that legal immigration is easier than illegal immigration.”
“And show some respect for people — a kid that might have been here 10 years, that might be a valedictorian of their high school… to say, ‘no, no, no, you’re not allowed to go to college,’ I just think, there’s a point passed which we’re over the line,” he said.
Bush said he understood and respected “people’s sentiments and frustrations about the broken system” and called for immigration reform that gave a path to legal status for illegal immigrants.