Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) called on House Republicans to respond to the “tall order” of bringing a majority of the party around to support comprehensive immigration reform and bring the legislation to the floor.
“No Republican would vote for legislation that stifled economic growth, promoted illegal immigration, added to the welfare rolls, and failed to ensure a secure border,” Bush co-wrote with attorney Clint Bolick in an op-ed published in the Wall Street Journal on Monday. “Yet they essentially will do just that if they fail to pass comprehensive immigration reform—and leave in place a system that does all of those things.”
Bush further stressed the importance of drafting measures that allow the government to issue more high-skilled work visas, and rejected the claim that the Senate immigration bill offered amnesty to people who reside in the U.S. illegally.
Read the op-ed in full here.
Catherine Thompson is a senior editor for Talking Points Memo in New York City. She came to the site in 2013 and reported on national affairs. Previously, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett. She can be reached at email@example.com.