Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush says conservatives have to stop opposing comprehensive immigration reform.
Bush says efforts to tackle immigration reform on a piecemeal basis are “shortsighted and self-defeating” — a critique that takes aim at members of his own party who are reluctant to support sweeping changes.
Bush, in a Wall Street Journal op-ed co-authored with conservative immigration scholar Clint Bolick, warns against “quick fixes” to U.S. immigration law that address only issues like high-skilled worker visas or the granting of legal status for children brought to the country illegally.
“In some conservative circles, the word ‘comprehensive’ in the context of immigration reform is an epithet — a code word for amnesty. People who oppose such reform declare that securing the United States border must come before moving toward broader reform,” Bush and Bolick write.