Just hours after he announced his plan “actively explore” a 2016 presidential run on Monday, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush said he would have “no problems” pushing for comprehensive immigration reform in a GOP primary.
“We’ve got to protect the borders, enforce the law, be respectful of the rule of law, and at the same time be able to encourage young aspirational people to come to our county,” Bush, who has said that illegal immigration is an “act of love,” told a local Miami television station. “It’s a win-win; I have no problems advancing that idea.”
When NBC 6 mentioned that “a lot of your base disagrees with that” position, Bush replied, “We’ll see. If I run, we’ll see.”
Though he is aware that the conservative base distrusts him because of his support for massive amnesty legislation, which would also increase the number of guest-worker permits for foreigners, and Common Core, Bush seems intent on not backing down from his more moderate positions.