“Yes, they broke the law, but it’s not a felony. It’s an act of commitment to your family.”
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush said some illegal aliens who come to the US to work do so as an act of commitment to their families, indeed, as “an act of love” to keep them fed and together.
Jeb Bush made his “act of love” comments in an interview with Fox News’ Shannon Bream at a celebration at the George H.W. Bush Library over the weekend. They followed Mr. Bush’s admonitions of how the US should secure the border and crack down on people who overstay their visas.
The former Governor is married to a Mexican woman, Columba, whom he met while on a high school semester abroad program. They have three grown children.
The former governor is right, of course. Some people do come to this country to feed their families and many do not. In fact, some people come and stay to have families here in order to have American citizen babies. Jeb Bush should acknowledge those babies should be required to take their parents’ nationality. Drug tunnels in Tijuana, general lawbreaking, rock throwing and shooting at our border agents, human trafficking, and the Mexican Mafia’s trail of corpses are clearly not acts of love.
Americans feel betrayed when politicians expect them to support law breakers in exchange for their promises to do something about border security. After 9/11, these promises are especially hollow. Americans are expected to be nice but don’t expect us to be fools.
Here’s Mr. Bush’s comment (see video below):
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 family’s dad who loves 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 kind of — it’s a, 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 should be, there should be a price paid, but it shouldn’t be — it shouldn’t rile people up that people are actually coming to this country to provide for their families. And the idea that we’re not going to fix this but with with comprehensive reform ends up trapping these people, when they could make a great contribution for their own their families but also for us.