Jeb Bush: U.S. Economy Needs ‘More Fertile’ Immigrants

AP

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R), a longtime immigration reform advocate, said Friday that because immigrants are “more fertile” they are a crucial source of labor for the United States.

“Immigrants create far more businesses than native-born Americans,” Bush said at a Faith and Freedom Coalition conference, as quoted by the Washington Post. “Immigrants are more fertile, and they love families, and they have more intact families, and they bring a younger population. Immigrants create an engine of economic prosperity.”

Bush was criticized for seemingly flip-flopping on support for a path to citizenship after he co-authored a book, “Immigration Wars: Forging An American Solution,” but ultimately supported immigration reform legislation being hammered out in Congress.

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